Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster is close to a first-team return after featuring for the club’s youth side on Wednesday.
The England international has been sidelined for 10 months with a serious knee injury sustained in the 2-0 win over Burnley last March.
After a lengthy lay-off, Forster was in goal for Southampton’s match against Chelsea in the U21 Premier League Cup and helped his side to a 1-0 victory thanks to Ryan Seager’s goal.
The news will bring much-needed respite for boss Ronald Koeman, whose week has been hampered by speculation surrounding the future of Sadio Mane.
The 23-year-old has been linked to Manchester United and was dropped for Saturday’s game at Norwich after turning up late to a team meeting; a match in which the Saints lost 1-0.
Koeman has questioned Mane’s attitude, and has urged the forward to work harder in training.
“My message to Sadio was that I think he wasn’t really focused and concentrated,” said the Dutchman.
“He was not doing things in the training session how I like football players to do them.
I don’t understand players who come late, and everybody knows we have a sanction.”