Southampton’s Ings faces weeks of muscle injury

Southampton striker Danny Ings could face weeks after sustaining a muscle injury in his 2-0 Premier League win at Sheffield United, manager Ralph Hasenhuettl said on Saturday. Ings fell to the ground early in the game at Bramall Lane and was replaced by Che Adams in the 13th minute, as Hasenhuettl was frustrated by yet another injury from his influential striker.

“I think it was still a muscle problem, but it doesn’t look good to be honest,” Hasenhuettl told reporters. “I don’t know when we’ll get it. Muscle injuries that we’ve normally been expecting for at least four weeks, I think, so let’s take a look.”

Southampton have suffered injuries this season, including loaned Liverpool striker Takumi Minamino, Kyle Walker-Peters, Theo Walcott and Ibrahima Diallo who have all suffered setbacks in recent weeks. Midfielder Oriol Romeu has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury that will require surgery.

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“It kind of fits the story we’ve had in the last few weeks. It’s horrible this season, we have so many problems and as soon as the players come back others are injured again,” Hasenhuettl said.

“We lost Ori and now we’re losing Ings again and they’re all very important players for us, but what’s even more important is that a player like Nathan Tella did a good job today. He was very strong and that gives me hope for the future. “

Southampton are 14th with 33 points in 27 games and visit Manchester City on Wednesday.

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