Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that he's not sure if star striker Graziano Pelle will be fit and ready to play against Spurs on the weekend, with his knee injury still causing him problems.
The Italian has still featured for the Saints over recent weeks, but hasn't scored since the first of November against Bournemouth, looking ineffective in a string of limp results for the south coast side.
Even half fit, though, he possesses the potential for a bit of magic which can turn any game on its head - and Koeman revealed that Pelle would have an injection on Monday which he hoped would see the 30-year-old fit for the weekend.
His absence would be a major boost for Spurs, who have now failed to win four of their last five games - the only win in that run coming at an injury-depleted and out of form West Ham.
Speaking about Pelle, Koeman revealed: “He was not fit enough to start. He is struggling several weeks now with a knee injury. He will get an injection this Monday and takes him out for two days then. Then we hope we have resolved the problem.
“He wasn’t training the last few days, not at the intensity of the rest and not the whole sessions, and he was not ready for 90 minutes. That was the reason why he didn’t start.”