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Saints Head To Austria For Opening Friendly
Monday, 10th Jul 2017 15:03 by Arron Sanders

Saints head off for their training camp in Austria before crossing into Switzerland for the opening pre season friendly


Southampton will kick off their pre-season fixture schedule against Swiss side St Gallen, in the conclusion pre-season of the club’s training camp in Austria this week.

Saints will take on the Swiss Super League side on Saturday 15th July, at FC Goldach's Sportanlage Kellen ground, which is in Switzerland, with kick-off set for 3.30pm BST.

It will be the first chance to see the side under the guidance, of the newly appointed Manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

Saints leave for Austria this morning, where they will continue to step up preparations ahead of the 2017/18 season throughout the week with a series of training sessions.

The meeting with St Gallen will be the Swiss side’s final game before beginning their own domestic season, so should provide a stern test for a Southampton squad filled with a mixture of senior and U23 players.

Cédric Soares, James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond, Jack Stephens, Matt Targett and new signing Jan Bednarek will not be part of the camp, as they are due to return later this month, because of their international involvement this summer.

The full squad heading to Austria is:

• Charlie Austin
• Ryan Bertrand
• Sofiane Boufal
• Jordy Clasie
• Ollie Cook
• Steven Davis
• Jake Flannigan
• Fraser Forster
• Manolo Gabbiadini
• Sam Gallagher
• Florin Gardos
• Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
• Tyreke Johnson
• Alfie Jones
• Harry Lewis
• Armani Little
• Shane Long
• Alex McCarthy
• Sam McQueen
• Aaron O’Driscoll
• Jérémy Pied
• Oriol Romeu
• Callum Slattery
• Dušan Tadić
• Stuart Taylor
• Nathan Tella
• Virgil van Dijk
• Maya Yoshida

The squad will return to Southampton following the conclusion of the fixture, before embarking on a second training camp to France later this month.

Tickets for the game against St Gallen will be available on the gate from 3pm local time on the day of the game.

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SaintBrock added 18:48 - Jul 11
Day 1 video shows a lot of very hard working and knackered Saints players. This is beginning to look tasty. Even Dave Watson's training session looks almost dynamic.
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