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The sizeable shadow of the absent Virgil van Dijk will loom over Southampton when they take on West Ham United at St. Mary's on Saturday.

Southampton's towering centre-back has been pushing for a move away from the south coast this summer, with Liverpool heavily linked. The unrest has seen him left out of the proceedings at the start of the season. With speculation ongoing, Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino has confirmed that van Dijk won't feature again this weekend.

"The Virgil situation, nothing has changed, it's the same as last week," Pellegrino said in his Thursday media conference. "For that reason I have nothing to say on that. He's okay but he won't be available to play."