Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina is expected to finally return to action after injury in at least one of the Saints next three games within a week.
The 25-year-old Gabon international has not featured since the turn of the year, undergoing surgery on an abdominal problem late on in January.
However, Saints head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl expects to have the former Juventus man back in the fold for the Premier League trips to Newcastle United and Watford, on Saturday and Tuesday respectively, before Southampton end the week with a visit from Bournemouth.
The Austrian told his club's official website: "Mario made a big step forward in the week. He's trained with the team and looks much better now – that's good for him and good for us.
"We know we have an intense week with three games, so it will be nice if we have one more option in this position.
"I have spoken about it and I am sure he will play (at least) one more game this season. The chances are big because now he is training with the team, so maybe his injury has come to an end."
Saints go into the busy Easter programme of games on the back of a run of form which has seen them win four of their last six Premier League games, a return which has lifted them five points clear of the relegation places.
They can be backed at 11/5 to gain a draw at Newcastle on Saturday, with a 1-1 final scoreline priced at 11/2, while the Magpies are 13/2 to edge a 1-0 victory on home turf.
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