Danny Ings set for up to SIX WEEKS out as Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl confirms star striker is set for ‘small’ surgery on his knee injury
- Danny Ings is set to undergo surgery on a knee injury sustained against Villa
- Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that Ings could miss up to six weeks of action
- If injury stretches to six weeks, Ings could miss nine games for club and country
- He already has five goals in six games in the Premier League so far this season
Southampton have been dealt a hefty injury blow after boss Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed that star striker Danny Ings could be out for up to six weeks.
The England international is set to undergo a ‘small surgery’ on his knee on Thursday morning, which will sideline him for at least a month, according to his manager.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Friday’s game against Newcastle, the Saints boss said: ”The worst thing is maybe Danny Ings. It looks as though he is out for four to six weeks.
Danny Ings was taken off five minutes from the end of normal time against Aston Villa
Ings is now set for surgery and could miss up to six weeks of action for both club and country
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‘He will have surgery tomorrow morning, a small one. He is out. This is not good news for us.
‘It is never nice to lose a player like this but we are more than Danny Ings. We scored three other goals last game so it is a big loss for us now that we don’t have it.’
Ings now looks set to miss Southampton’s games against Newcastle, Wolves, Manchester United and Brighton, with additional fixtures against Sheffield United and Arsenal also in doubt if the injury lay-off stretches to six weeks.
The in-form 28-year-old was also in line for an England call-up this month, too, meaning that a six-week spell on the sidelines could see him miss nine matches for club and country.
Ings sustained the damage in a challenge late in the game from Villa substitute Trezeguet and had to be replaced.
Boss Hasenhuttl said immediately after the match: ‘It doesn’t look good. It was right in front of me and we know his history with knees. We hope it is not too bad an injury but we must have a look at the scan.
‘He overstretched his knee which is always dangerous and he was immediately shouting ”My knee, my knee.”’
Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed the blow, which could see Ings miss up to six Saints matches
Ings was also in line for an England call-up this month and will miss three international games
Ings is Saints’ top scorer this season, having netted five goals in six Premier League matches so far.
His last goal came in the 4-3 win over Aston Villa at the weekend, helping to take Hasenhuttl’s side up to fifth in the top flight.
On the international stage, he also scored for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions in the last international break.
The goal, his first for England, came five years after his last call-up, in a 3-0 friendly victory over Wales at Wembley.
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