Southampton vs Everton - Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina to have late fitness test

Posted Saturday, November 25, 2017 by PA

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino faces a potential problem in central midfield unless Mario Lemina is passed fit to start against Everton on Sunday.

The 24-year-old has been struggling with an ankle injury and will be assessed before Pellegrino picks his team.

Fellow central midfielder Oriol Romeu is suspended, while Matt Targett is absent with a leg injury.

Everton striker Oumar Niasse becomes the first Premier League player to serve a suspension for diving.

Niasse was found guilty of deceiving the referee to win a penalty against Crystal Palace and has been hit with a two-game ban.

Caretaker manager David Unsworth will make sweeping changes to the side humbled 5-1 by Atalanta on Thursday. Tom Davies is suspended and there are questions over Phil Jagielka (groin) and Morgan Schneiderlin (toe).

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