Maya Yoshida and Florin Gardos are in a battle to earn a start in Southampton's match against Swansea this weekend.
Ronald Koeman shook his formation up in an effort to snap a four game losing streak in league play and the plan paid off as Maya Yoshida scored a goal and helped keep a clean sheet in an impressive 3-0 drubbing of Everton.
Southampton have signed Romanian defender Florin Gardos as a replacement for Dejan Lovren.
Japan look to be heading in the wrong direction, squandering several chances with a man advantage, and as a result are on the verge of elimination after a 0-0 draw with Greece.
Japan struck first and were ahead as the match entered the final half hour, but a two goal barrage by the Ivorians spoiled the day as the Samurai Blue come away empty-handed in the 2-1 loss.
Maya Yoshida has suffered a knee injury and is set to miss the rest of season.
Maya Yoshida helped Japan to a 4-2 win over New Zealand today.
Maya Yoshida scored his first Premier League goal in a 3-1 loss to West Ham United.
Southampton XI vs Sunderland in the Capital One Cup: K. Davis (c), Chambers, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox, Cork, Reed, S. Davis, Ramírez, Lee, Rodriguez. ---SUBS---Gazzaniga (GK), Clyne, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Isgrove, Stephens, Gallagher.
Southampton have shown interest in Lyon's defender Dejan Lovren.