Saints welcome back Maya Yoshida for the home meeting with Manchester City following the defender’s one-match ban, but Mark Hughes revealed that Mario Lemina (hamstring) and Jan Bednarek (head injury) will undergo late fitness tests. Hughes intimated that Bednarek may not be risked, so Yoshida and Jack Stephens could join Wesley Hoedt in the three-man defence. If passed fit, Lemina would be an option either in central midfield or perhaps in place of Nathan Redmond, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg then moved into one of the the attacking midfield spots. Manolo Gabbiadini could come into contention for a recall after scoring the winner on Tuesday night, with Shane Long another alternative to Charlie Austin up front. Steven Davis is expected to miss out with an ongoing ankle problem.
Yoshida – Hoedt – Stephens
Cedric – Hojbjerg – Romeu – Bertrand
Redmond – Tadic