Southampton striker Danny Ings may stay out of football for 6-weeks

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Southampton striker Danny Ings will undergo knee surgery which could keep him out of football for 6-weeks, the club’s coach Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old England center-forward sustained the knee injury when Southampton played against Aston Villa on Sunday, November 1, in a league match which ended 4-3 in favor of Southampton away at Villa Park.

Danny Ings had to be substituted in the 85th minute after he was involved in a challenge with Villa’s midfielder Trezeguet. The tackle was so bad that he had to undergo a scan on Monday to ascertain the level of the damage. After the medical examination, Southampton said in a statement that the result of the medical check-up was favorable.

Danny Ings being attended to by some medics during Southampton match against Aston Villa.
Danny Ings being attended to by some medics during Southampton match against Aston Villa.

Afterward, the club’s manager Hasenhuttl said the striker who has been the best player at the club in the last two seasons will undergo knee surgery on Thursday, November 5, 2020.

During a post-match press conference on Wednesday ahead of Southampton league match against Newcastle United scheduled for Friday, Hasenhuttl said: “At the moment it looks like he is out for four to six weeks.”

“He’ll have a small surgery tomorrow (Thursday) morning”, the manager added. “It could be worse, but he’ll be out and it’s not good news for us.

“We are more than Danny Ings. It’s a big loss but it’s important now for other players to give us alternatives.

“Nobody has to play like Danny Ings, every player should play his best possible game.”

Danny Ings started the 2020-2021 season on a very high note just like how he ended the 2019-2020 season. So far this season, the England international has scored 5 goals and has provided 2 assists in 7 league games.

Last season, he almost won the league top scorer award but ended the season as the second-best striker behind Jamie Vardy. He finished the season with 22 league goals (which was his career-best) and 2 assists in 37 league games.

Ings’ knee injury will not only keep him away from his club’s match against Newcastle United, but he will also not play any part with England national team throughout the November’s Fifa international break and might not be available for Southampton’s fixtures against Wolves and Manchester United on November 21 and 29 respectively.