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Southampton star set for spell on the sidelines after knee surgery

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Southampton have been dealt a major blow with the news that star striker Danny Ings could face a spell on the sidelines after hurting his knee.

Southampton striker Danny Ings could be out of action for up to six weeks as he requires minor surgery on a knee injury.

The 28-year-old was substituted in the 85th minute of their 4-3 Premier League win at Aston Villa on Sunday following a challenge with Trezeguet.

Saints already confirmed from an initial scan that results were not looking favorable after the injury

And now boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed on Wednesday that “it looks like Danny Ings is out for four to six weeks.”

“He overstretched his knee and this is always dangerous and he was immediately shouting, ‘my knee, my knee’.”

“At the moment it looks like he is out for 4-6 weeks,” the Austrian head coach said as quoted by Goal ahead of his side’s clash with Newcastle on Friday.

“He’ll have a small surgery tomorrow morning.

“It could be worse, but he’ll be out and it’s not good news for us.”

Ings already has five goals from seven games this term but Hasenhuttl insists the club is more than just their prolific forward.

“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.”

Ings will be unavailable when Southampton face Newcastle in the Premier League on Friday. He will also likely miss fixtures against Wolves, Manchester United and Brighton after the international break.

Southampton are currently fifth on the Premier League table and the absence of their star man will come as a big blow to their quest this season.