Jordan Willis will come into defence for the suspended Richard Keogh for Coventry City's final game of the season at Southampton.
The City U18's skipper comes into the game at St Marys which has a 12.30pm kick off and a game which Southampton need to win in order to go into the Premier League automatically with Reading FC.
Willis has two substitute appearances and has been drafted in as Richard Wood and Nathan Cameron remain injured and Keogh has to miss a game for the first time in his City career after being sent off in the defeat to Doncaster Rovers.
“It doesn’t get much harder but it will be good experience for him,” said Thorn about Willis to the CT's Andy Turner. “He’s a good, honest boy who works hard and he will only get better from playing in a game like this
“Richard has been with him in training all week, helping him out, and he will travel down to offer his experience on the day. And it’s a big game for Martin Cranie who will have to talk him through it.
“All of the players have had the wind taken out of the sails and we have got to pick them up again for Saturday.
"There’s obviously a lot at stake for Southampton but other teams will be looking to us to be professional about it, put in a full shift.
“We’d like to finish with some pride for our supporters after what has been a difficult season and it’s on TV so that will add to the occasion. We couldn’t ask for a much bigger match.”
Nigel Adkins side will be minus Richard Chaplow who has a hamstring injury with Guly Do Prado, the likely replacement.