Southampton are set to be missing star striker Charlie Austin for their boxing day clash against Tottenham after he was charged by the Football Association for violent conduct, according to a report.

Sky Sports report on their website that the Saints’ hit man has been cited after an incident in the clash against Huddersfield on Saturday, which ended 1-1 after Austin netted the opener at St Mary’s Stadium, with Laurent Depoitre securing a point for the Terriers in the second half.

The 28-year-old appeared to catch Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl with his foot less then 10 minutes after scoring his goal, which left the shot stopper bleeding from the nose, but the officials chose to take no action over the flashpoint.

After reviewing video footage, Sky Sports report that the FA have chosen to charge the striker with violent conduct, which carries a three match ban if found guilty, and it is said he has until 5pm on Sunday to contest the charge.

The Southampton man has been in fine form in recent weeks, netting five goals in his last seven appearances for the south coast side, but he limped off the pitch against Huddersfield with what appeared to be a hamstring strain.

Tottenham meanwhile come into the clash after a 3-0 win over Burnley, Harry Kane netting a hat trick to equal the record number of league goals scored in a calendar year.

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