Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed Danny Ings will play no part in Wednesday’s clash with Manchester City and expects the striker to be unavailable for the next three weeks after his latest setback.
Ings, 28, was sidelined for a month with a knee injury earlier this season and has struggled in front of goal since returning at the start of December, netting just four times in his last 17 appearances in all competitions.
And the England forward’s frustrations continued as he was forced off with a muscle problem in his leg in the 13th minute of Southampton’s 2-0 win away to Sheffield United at the weekend.
It means the Saints are set to be without Ings for their upcoming Premier League clashes against top-of-the-table City, Brighton, Tottenham and, possibly, Burnley, as well as their FA Cup quarter-final tie with Bournemouth on March 20.
‘I think it is a serious one but not too serious,’ Hasenhuttl told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Monday ahead of Southampton’s trip to the Etihad.
‘It think it will be three weeks and I expect him to be back after the international break.’
Southampton have been hit hard by injuries this term and Hasenhuttl believes changes will have to be made at the club to avoid a similar situation developing next season.
Asked how he’s feeling about the amount of injuries they have had, he replied: ‘It’s a little bit too much, to be honest, but what can we do.
‘We must have a better pre-season next season, hopefully, to avoid this situation we have been in this season.
‘But as it is, we have to take it and do our best.’