Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is refusing to rush key midfielder Adam Lallana back into action.
Lallana has been sidelined for three weeks with a knee injury but is back in training and pushing to be involved in Saturday's trip to promotion rivals Peterborough.
However, Adkins will not run the risk of one of his key players breaking down again.
"He's been running around and been kicking a football," said Adkins.
"In my eyes he's the best player in the division and we've got to make sure we get it right. He's itching to go."