Southampton face Fulham in the FA Cup this weekend and are set to be without a number of key defenders for the trip to London.

The Saints are set to be without Cedric Soares, Wesley Hoedt, Jeremy Pied and striker Charlie Austin for the visit at Fulham.

Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino, as quoted by the club’s official website, stated that the quartet would miss the encounter with Fulham this weekend.

Outside the squad we’ve got Cédric, Charlie Austin, Jérémy Pied and Wesley Hoedt. Those four players won’t be available for us.

Cedric has been out for a number of games, like Austin, and they will both miss out whilst Jeremy Pied picked up a knock in the defeat to Crystal Palace on Tuesday. Dutchman, Hoedt will miss the game after suffering a blow to his head in the game against Manchester United last weekend.

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Pellegrino didn’t explain the extent of the injuries and instead spoke about how he will approach the cup tie.

I will try to play my best XI to win this game. Sometimes the players have to understand that as a manager I have to make decisions. The equation is simple – I want the best for the club and the players have to be professional. We are 25 players, not 11, and most of them have had their opportunity. Saturday is another opportunity and I will use this game as a reference to try to move one step forward.

The Saints boss also explained that goalkeeper Alex McCarthy would retain his place in goal when the Saints visit Fulham.