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Southampton's Austin facing FA charge

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Charlie Austin has been charged by the Football Association for allegedly making an "abusive and/or insulting" gesture as he was leaving the pitch during Southampton's defeat to Manchester City.

The incident concerns Austin's conduct as he was substituted for Shane Long in the 68th minute of the 3-1 loss to City at St Mary's on December 30.

The FA said in a short statement on its website: "Southampton's Charlie Austin has been charged following the game against Manchester City on Sunday [30 December 2018].

"It is alleged that Mr Austin's gesture in or around the 68th minute of the fixture was abusive and/or insulting."

Austin, who has scored only twice in the Premier League this season, was booked 10 minutes before his substitution and appeared to be jeered by some supporters as he made his way off the pitch.

The 29-year-old has until 6pm on January 7 to respond to the FA's charge.

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Schmeichel and Okazaki injury doubts for Leicester

Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki are injury concerns for Leicester as they prepare to host Southampton. Credit: PA

Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki are injury concerns for Leicester as they prepare to host Southampton.

Goalkeeper Schmeichel and striker Okazaki were both forced off with ankle injuries during the defeat at Burnley last weekend and they will be assessed by the club's medical team.

Daniel Amartey has resumed training after his hamstring injury but Thursday's game might come too soon for him to be involved while fellow midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is available again after a ban.

Leicester squad: Schmeichel, Hamer, Jakupovic, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs, Simpson, Chilwell, Benalouane, Dragovic, Albrighton, Gray, Silva, Choudhury, Ndidi, Vardy, Iheanacho, Diabate, Okazaki.

Time running out on Southampton's Promes deal

Quincy Prmoes played against Liverpool in the Champions League for Spartak Moscow. Credit: PA

Southampton's attempts to sign Quincy Promes are being met by resistance from Spartak Moscow.

With the coffers swelled by the recent record-breaking £75million sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, struggling Saints are attempting to strengthen their squad before Wednesday's transfer deadline.

Monaco striker Guido Carrillo has already arrived this month for a club-record fee and Mauricio Pellegrino would like to bolster his struggling side's attack further with Promes.

The Holland international is understood to be interested in a move to St Mary's, but negotiations are proving tough due to Spartak's understandable reluctance to sell their star turn.

Promes is currently in Marbella with the Russian team at a training camp, with a friendly scheduled against Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia on Wednesday.

Time is running out for Saints to sign the attacker as Pellegrino looks to improve his side.

Asked about the possibility of movement before the window shuts, the Southampton boss said: "It's possible. It's probable.

"We want to bring a player but it is difficult for us."

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