Defender in line to return at Palace


Virgil van Dijk could return to the Saints squad for the first time in eight months when Southampton face Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Dutch defender, who will be given a late fitness test, missed the final 16 Premier League matches of last season following a ligament injury suffered in January.

And Van Dijk has not been selected so far this campaign after handing in a transfer request during the summer when he wanted to join Liverpool.

Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is Saints’ only absentee ahead of the trip to Selhurst Park as he has returned to his homeland due to the birth of his daughter.

Provisional squad: Forster, McCarthy, Stephens, Bertrand, Targett, McQueen, Soares, Pied, Yoshida, Hoedt, Van Dijk, Bednarek, Davis, Tadic, Romeu, Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Lemina, Long, Boufal, Austin, Gabbiadini.


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