Alderweireld close to Southampton return

The on-loan Belgian defender has been unavailable with a hamstring problem since his side's win over Manchester United on January 11 but could face Crystal Palace on Tuesday
Southampton are set to welcome back defender Toby Alderweireld from a hamstring problem next week after more than a month out.

The Belgian suffered the injury during the Saints' 1-0 win over Manchester United on January 11, having previously been a key member of Ronald Koeman's back four following his loan move from Atletico Madrid in September.

While Alderweireld will miss Saturday's Premier League clash with West Brom, Koeman said he could be back in the team for Tuesday's visit of Crystal Palace.

"Toby is close to being back but not available for this weekend," the Saints boss told reporters.

"We have good hope he will be fit enough for next Tuesday. After Saturday, it's good news that he's pretty close to being back.

"It's always frustrating for everybody, for the manager as well, because we'd like to have everybody available and competition between the players in the squad.

"He's the last player who has to come back other than Jay Rodriguez and Emmanuel Mayuka. That's important."