Delap battling for Saints fitness

Midfielder Rory Delap is trying to shake off an ankle injury in time for Southampton’s away clash with Fulham on Boxing Day.

Midfielder Rory Delap is trying to shake off an ankle injury in time for Southampton’s away clash with Fulham on Boxing Day.

The former Derby player suffered the injury last Friday and is touch and go to face the Cottagers.

Marian Pahars is expected to continue up front while Danny Higginbotham should again deputise for Graeme Le Saux, who missed the win over Portsmouth with a sore throat after recovering from a hamstring problem.

PROVISIONAL SQUAD: Niemi, Dodd, Lundekvam, M Svensson, Higginbotham, Telfer, Delap, Prutton, Marsden, Pahars, Beattie, Ormerod, Jones, Phillips, Delgado, A Svensson, Baird, McCann.

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