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Changes expected as Saints tackle Sunderland

Midfielder Boufal, who joined for £16m from Lille in the summer, is being brought back from his knee injury slowly and is instead likely to only be on the bench again for the fourth-round tie this evening.

Puel is without the injured Shane Long, Ryan Bertrand, Matt Targett and Cedric Soares but is likely to rotate his squad as his side continue to fight on three fronts at the moment.

The likes of James Ward-Prowse, Jay Rodriguez and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could all be handed starts, while Harrison Reed will hope to be involved and second-choice keeper Alex McCarthy is set to replace Fraser Forster.

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