Southampton has been hit with a major injury setback after the club confirmed that influential striker Danny Ings ahead of Friday Premier League with Newcastle United at St Mary’s.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl on Wednesday said that a number of regular first-team starters have been ruled out.
Theunionnigeria.com learnt from the club website that the damage suffered by Ings was significant according to Hasenhüttl who also said the it is significant enough to warrant a “small surgery”.
He quickly noted that it wasn’t a reoccurrence of an old knee problem, which could have seen him out for a much longer period.
Part of the statement on the club website reads a s follow;
“As it stands, Ings is looking at a 4-6 week stay on the sidelines, while there are also concerns over Ryan Bertrand (hamstring), Jan Bednarek (concussion) and Ibrahima Diallo (dead leg), following a fierce meeting with Aston Villa a week ago.
“We have a lot of injury concerns at the moment.
“The last game was a tough one. Also sometimes beyond the edge, in terms of what is okay for me.
“A few brutal tackles that was tough to get a handle on.
“We have played a high price for that. It causes me a real headache to be honest, because five players have issues now.”
Speaking specifically about individual player concerns, he added: “Jan Bednarek may train today; it was a horrible crash on the ground. Ryan Bertrand is likely to be out for the weekend. Diallo has a dead leg from a hard kick.
“The worst thing is maybe Danny Ings.
“We said after the game that we hoped it wasn’t bad.
“It could have been much worse, but at the moment he’s out for maybe 4-6 weeks. He’ll have a small surgery tomorrow.
“He’s definitely out for now. It’s a small surgery but a necessary one.”