​Southampton boss Claude Puel has revealed that his side are to be without Sofiane Boufal against Sunderland this weekend.

The Moroccan winger was substituted during the second half of his side's 3-1 defeat against West Ham last Saturday.

"Sofiane is not available for this game and we will see for the final, for his recovery and his work. I don't know for the moment. But against Sunderland he is not available." Puel explained to the ​club's official website.

Southampton v Middlesbrough - Premier League

It is still unsure whether the summer signing will be fit in time for the EFL Cup final later this month, but Puel has no doubts ahead of the trip to the Stadium of Light.

"We have long-term injuries, but no other new injuries. We are lacking Sofiane Boufal, who is an important player for us, and that is it," Puel concluded.

The Saints are currently sit 13th in the Premier League and are 18 points off of a European place, with 14 games to go.

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A bigger concern for the club though is that they are only seven points off of the drop zone and also have an EFL Cup final against Manchester United to think about.

The loss of former club captain Jose Fonte in January to West Ham and the news Virgil Van Dijk is to be out for a while with a Malleolar injury has left Puel's men quite short of players at the back - which could create problems towards the end of the campaign.