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Southampton v Fulham - Squad News

last updated Friday 25th October 2002, 2:37 PM


Barclaycard Premiership - Southampton v Fulham

14.00 - 27/10/2002

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The injury list at Fulham continues to grow with Facundo Sava, sidelined with a calf injury, having to keep his trademark goal celebrations under wraps for another week. The Argentinian, who marked his winner against Charlton by wearing a Zorro mask, hopes to return for Thursday's UEFA Cup clash against Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.

Midfielder Sean Davis perhaps out until December with his broken toe, and Louis Saha with a stubborn hamstring strain is three weeks away from fitness.

In light of the above, Cottagers boss Jean Tigana will be desperate that Alain Goma passes a fitness test. The centre-back was rested against the Hammers after returning from a hamstring problem in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

Defender Martin Djetou could be handed his full debut after coming off the bench against West Ham, following three months out with a knee cartilage operation.

Fulham (from):

Edwin van der Sar(G), Maik Taylor(G),

Steve Finnan(D),Abdeslam Ouaddou(D/C), Zat Knight(D/C), Andy Melville(D/C),
Alain Goma(D/C), Rufus Brevett(D), Pierre Wome(D)

Sylvain Legwinski(M), John Collins(M), Martin Djetou(D/M)

Junichi Inamoto(M/A), Steed Malbranque(M/A), Luis Boa Morte(M/A),

Steve Marlet(A), Barry Hayles(A).

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Manager Gordon Strachan is expected to name an unchanged side for Southampton's home clash with Fulham on Sunday.

Norwegian central defender Claus Lundekvam represents a slight doubt for Saints ahead of the visit of the Cottagers after emerging from the Villa match with a dead leg and a dislocated jaw. However, he has declared himself fit for the game against Jean Tigana's troops and should hold off the challenge of Paul Williams.

Meanwhile, Marian Pahars is available again after a one-match ban. The Latvian ace, Southampton's leading scorer last season, missed Monday's 0-1 win at Aston Villa with a one-match ban but is immediately recalled to Gordon Strachan's squad.

Andrei Kanchelskis is added to the squad while Ecuador striker Agustin Delgado could be involved for the first time this season after a long-term calf problem..

Strachan has warned his players that Fulham are a side not to be underestimated and that it is imperative that his side keep their good run going.

Southampton (from):

Antti Niemi(G), Paul Jones(G),

Jason Dodd(D), Claus Lundekvam(D), Michael Svensson(D),
Wayne Bridge(D), Paul Williams(D),Marcus Hall(D),

Anders Svensson(M), Chris Marsden(M),
Matt Oakley(M), Jo Tessem(M),

Fabrice Fernandes(A/M), Rory Delap(A/M),
Paul Telfer(A/M), Andrei Kanchelskis(A/M),

James Beattie(A), Brett Ormerod(A),
Marian Pahars(A), Agustin Delgado(A).

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