Fitness boost for Delgado
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Ecuadorian has been troubled by the joint since coming over from Necaxa, and had surgery in November.
Despite still feeling soreness, and rumours of the player returning to South America for treatment, scans have revealed that surgery will not be required.
Saints physio Jim Joyce said: "The scan did not show anything major and there is no indication he will need a further operation - or to go back to Ecuador.
"He still has some pain in his knee but it is improving and he is training as he is able. He did full sessions on Friday, Saturday, yesterday and today and he is doing extra work to build up muscle power."
In other news, Rory Delap is back in training after recovering from his calf injury and could be in contention for the clash with Newcastle at the weekend.
The Saints have also denied that they are planning to extend their St Mary`s home after having to turn fans away for their last five games.
Successive sell-outs have led to calls for the 32,000-seater stadium to be extended, but the club have declared there are no imminent plans to make changes.
Saints director Andrew Cowen, speaking to the club`s official website, said: "We are delighted to see crowds at their current levels. The team are playing well and fans are enjoying the facilities at the new stadium.
"Those two factors have combined to help us break the club attendance record five times this season and we are expecting big crowds again for the visits of Bolton and Middlesbrough.
"We do have the option to extend the stadium in the future but it definitely won't happen this summer.
"Firstly we need to be sure that the gates are going to stay at current levels and are not just the curiosity factor in the first season.
"Secondly there would need to be a lengthy planning process to get the necessary consent to extend and that would take some time."