Southampton head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed Danny Ings is set to undergo knee surgery and will be sidelined for around four to six weeks.
Ings has had a barnstorming start to the campaign, scoring five goals in his opening eight appearances for the Saints, and the striker was rewarded with a call-up to the England national team for the first time since 2015.
But the 28-year-old was forced off in the dying moments of Southampton’s 4-3 victory away to Aston Villa at the weekend following a clash with Ahmed Elmohamady.
Ings immediately went to hospital to check on the knee problem and scans showed he had not sustained major ligament damage.
However, Ings’ knee swelled up after he returned to training and the forward – who suffered a serious ACL injury during his time at Liverpool – will have to go under the knife again.
Asked about Southampton’s injury concerns at his pre-match press conference ahead of the side’s clash with Newcastle, Hasenhuttl said: ‘The worst thing is maybe Danny Ings.
‘It looks as though he is out for four to six weeks.
‘He will have surgery tomorrow morning, a small one. He is out. This is not good news for us.’
Hassnhuttl added: ‘We started jogging on the pitch yesterday and the knee was swollen afterwards.
‘He was in a bit of pain. It was clear we had to have another look.
‘We decided to go with surgery.’
Hassnhuttl will be desperate for the attacker to make a speedy recovery, with games coming thick and fast over the winter period.