Southampton are set to be without the services of talismanic striker, Danny Ings due to a minor knee injury. The Englishman was substituted in the 85th minute of Sunday’s 4-3 win against Aston Villa after taking a knock in a challenge with Villa’s Trezequet.
Ings’ injury is a big blow for the Saints who sit fifth in the Premier League following a strong start to the campaign. The Southampton striker is expected to be out for four to six weeks and will miss Friday night’s game against Newcastle and other games against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester United, Brighton &Hove Albion, Sheffield United and Arsenal.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, will be relieved to some extent that it isn’t a more serious injury, with the player’s history of serious knee injuries. He has also tried to downplay the impact of the injury on his side, saying that, “We are more than Danny Ings.” This unfortunate incident gives other players a chance to give Hasenhuttl alternatives and find a solution for the period Ings is out.
While this is a big blow to the saints, players like Che Adams, Michael Obafemi and veteran Shane Long will look to fill the boots of a man who has scored 5 goals and laid off, 2 assists in 7 games this season. Che Adams in particular is set to take on more attacking responsibility after playing with Ings in a front two since the start of the season. The team will look to hit the ground running on Friday night and explore the dynamics provided by other players.
Southampton have enough quality across the field to deal with Ings’ absence but will definitely miss his goal poaching ability over the period.
Fringe attackers will do everything possible to step up and help the Saints pick up good results in subsequent games.
Alongside missing a number of club games, the injury also rules Ings out of next week’s international games which see England face the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland between November 12 and November 18.