Austin tipped to start for Saints

Austin tipped to start for Saints

Charlie Austin could start for Southampton, who have Jay Rodriguez missing when they host Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

The Saints striker is sidelined by a groin complaint so Austin, who came off the bench to score the winner against Swansea on Sunday, could start.

Youngsters Harrison Reed and Lloyd Isgrove are in contention, but Sofiane Boufal and Jeremy Pied are still out with knee injuries.

Southampton squad: Forster, McCarthy, Soares, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Davis, Romeu, Clasie, Tadic, Redmond, Austin, Reed, Targett, Yoshida, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Long, Martina, Isgrove.