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Southampton vs Tottenham Premier League preview: Dembele faces late fitness test

Southampton could risk reinstating striker Graziano Pelle to the starting line up after he received pain killing injections to help ease the pain of a persistent knee injury.

However, regular first choice goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is still nursing a toe problem, which will likely mean that Paulo Gazzaniga continues in goal in his place.

Tottenham will likely make a late decision on the fitness of influential midfielder Moussa Dembele, who has returned to training following a short illness, though it is not yet known if he will be fit enough to face an entire game.

Young defender Clinton Njie will likely be sidelined with a knee problem, while Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard have both been rules out with ankle injuries.

Tottenham had looked unbeatable until last week’s defeat at the hands of Newcastle, but Southampton are currently going through a rough patch and don’t look much like scoring, and Spurs should have enough about them to see the Saints off.

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