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Adkins: Break helps Lallana

Nigel Adkins admits Southampton's two-week break from playing has given Adam Lallana the chance to return from injury without missing a game.

Lallana picked up a knee injury during last weekend's win over Reading and the club are sweating over the full extent of the problem.

Southampton do not have a game until December 22 when Sunderland visit St Mary's, giving Lallana extra time to recover from the injury, and Adkins is hoping his skipper will be able to make a speedy recovery.

"We will assess the injury in the next few days but the good news is that we do not have a match now until December 22 so he has extra time to recover," said Adkins.

"Had there been a game this weekend, who knows? Adam's knee is immobilised and we will see how he gets on." Don't miss any live and exclusive football coverage this festive season. Click to visit Sky Sports' Festive Calendar