Southampton: Cedric could feature against Leicester on Wednesday

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Cedric Soares of Southampton attempts to get past Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on November 29, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Cedric Soares of Southampton attempts to get past Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on November 29, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) /
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In his press conference yesterday, Mauricio Pellegrino confirmed that right-back Cedric Soares has returned to training, with a chance of playing against Leicester.

The Portuguese international has missed the Saints’ last two games through injury, with Jeremy Pied and Jack Stephens deputizing in the games against Bournemouth and Arsenal respectively.

The Saints drew both games 1-1, but there’s no denial that Cedric’s pace and ability down the right side could’ve delivered more

Across both games, especially the latter, the Saints were very limited to one side of the pitch, with the majority of the play going down Ryan Bertrand’s flank.

Cedric returning would offer Southampton a much better chance of winning, with games against Leicester and Chelsea to come before the end of the week.

"“Today Cedric was training with the team – 100 per cent. We will decide tomorrow, though. Most of them, or all of them, are ready to compete. “Today Cédric was training, playing football with his teammates. But we’ll decide tomorrow the squad that will be involved.” – Pellegrino"

Pellegrino and his side face former Southampton boss Claude Puel tomorrow, with the Frenchman now at the helm of the highly-improved Leicester.

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Puel’s appointment was met with mostly negative response but his arrival has been somewhat of a revelation, with Riyad Mahrez and Demarai Gray both enjoying rich veins of form since his arrival.

The attacking, free-flowing style of football on show at the King Power Stadium has left the majority of the Southampton supporters scratching their heads. Jamie Vardy has also enjoyed a nice purple patch himself.

Should he return tomorrow Cedric will face a tough task keeping the Algerian Mahrez quiet, with the wide man showing glimmers of the form that led Leicester to the title two seasons ago.

However, with a tricky away tie against Chelsea to come on Saturday, it would be wise to suggest that Pellegrino may limit the Portuguese right-back to a bench role, or at least cut his minutes.

Nonetheless, the game tomorrow night will be crucial for the home side, with the Saints needing to pick up points against opposition of a similar ability, with Manchester United and Tottenham still to come before the turn of the year.