Ralph Hasenhuttl has revealed both Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand will be missing from their match against Leicester City on Friday.
Hasenhuttl shares double injury blow
The Saints face the Foxes as they look to pull further away from the relegation zone.
Speaking to the press ahead of the game, Hasenhuttl provided a damaging injury update. He said (via Hampshire Live):
“Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand are out, they are not training at the moment.
“Ingsy’s injury is not as bad as it looked at first but he will still miss some games, we hope he will come back for the last games.
“We need every player with five games in a few weeks at the end of the season.”
Even with a fully fit squad, this would have been an uphill battle for the Saints. Leicester are currently third in the Premier League and are within touching distance of securing their place in the Champions League for next season. The last time these two sides met at St. Mary’s Stadium, Leicester won 9-0, so Hasenhuttl will be fully aware of the threat they possess.
Will Leicester beat Southampton?
Without Ings and Bertrand, Southampton’s task is even harder. The former has managed 10 goals in 25 league matches so far this term and has bagged 44 in 96 games since joining the club (Transfermarkt). Bertrand, meanwhile, has been a stalwart for the Saints down the years, making over 200 appearances since joining from Chelsea – in his case, Hasenhuttl’s main issue is the lack of natural cover. It remains to be seen whether they can rise to the occasion without two players of such importance.
In other news, Southampton have been dealt with transfer blow.
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