Southampton have struggled to find their feet in the Premier League this season under Mark Hughes, with the possibility of relegation to the Championship causing some concern.
The Saints simply have to ensure consistency after the international break as they failed to secure all three points against Watford at St Mary’s yesterday. And, to make matters worse, it appears as if the club have suffered a huge setback on the injury front, as according to The Daily Echo, Southampton are sweating on how long they will be without Danny Ings and Shane Long for.
Saints are sweating on how long they will be without strike duo Danny Ings and Shane Long.
Sadly, the Englishman felt his hamstring in the warm-up before the game against Watford and had to be subbed after struggling with it.
Meanwhile, Long is facing a possible operation on his ankle after pulling up in training on Friday.
“Danny unfortunately overstretched in the warm up and we weren’t sure whether he was going to start the game and he wanted to see if he could have an impact for us.”
“That was on the back of losing Shane Long yesterday and it looks like he might need a small procedure on his ankle to address that problem he’s had for some time now.”
Danny Ings and Shane Long have been two of the Saints’ main line strikers this season, so it’s a huge blow for them to potentially be without the pair for a long period of time.
Indeed, the Saints could find themselves slipping into the relegation zone after the international break, with Mark Hughes having to come up with answers without the dangerous pair.