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St. Mary's Stadium (ATT 22,155) 18th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Whitestone

So'ton Southampton vs Birmingham City Birm'ham

So'ton 4

R Lambert (pen 11)
Guly (21)
A Lallana (34)
R Chaplow (78)

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Birm'ham 1

C Wood (49)

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Last Updated: 16/09/11 3:33pm

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Harding: Set for late fitness test

Harding: Set for late fitness test

Team news ahead of Sunday's Championship clash between Southampton and Birmingham at St Mary's Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

Southampton will check on defenders Frazer Richardson and Dan Harding.

Richardson should return after missing last weekend's 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest with a calf strain.

Jack Cork filled in at right-back in Richardson's absence and will revert to his preferred midfield role, meaning Morgan Schneiderlin drops to the bench.

Harding was also sidelined last week after jarring his knee in training, and if passed fit he will challenge recent signing Danny Fox for the left-back spot.

Midfielders Richard Chaplow (tendinitis) and Steve de Ridder (foot) returned as substitutes against Forest and should be involved again.

Centre-half Dan Seaborne is out of hospital but still recovering from injuries sustained in an assault outside a nightclub.

Birmingham boss Chris Hughton must decide whether Nikola Zigic is ready to play any part.

The striker, who is yet to feature this season, has returned to full training following his groin injury but has no match practice under his belt, meaning manager Hughton must decide whether to name him in his matchday 16 or first get the Serbian involved in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

Midfielder Morgaro Gomis will be assessed ahead of the trip to St Mary's having missed Thursday's 3-1 defeat to SC Braga with a groin injury sustained in last Sunday's 3-0 victory over Millwall.

Including Gomis' absence, Hughton made a total of six changes against the Portuguese side from the XI who saw off the Lions and the likes of Steven Caldwell, Chris Burke, Jean Beausejour, Curtis Davies and Chris Wood - all rested to the bench - will look to come back in.

Wood's hat-trick against Millwall means he is almost certain to start in attack against Saints, with the other strike role to be competed between Adam Rooney and Marlon King, who found the net on his full debut against Braga.

Keith Fahey (groin) remains a couple of weeks away while fellow midfielder Jordon Mutch (ankle) is a long-term absentee.

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1 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8