Southampton’s 2-0 win at home against Burnley on Saturday came at a cost.
A massive one.
Star goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who leads the PL in shutouts as Saints have the best defensive record in English soccer, suffered a horrible looking injury to his left-knee in the early stages at St Mary’s following on innocuous incident which saw him slip as he cleared the ball under pressure.
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After the game Saints boss Ronald Koeman confirmed that Forster is in hospital and that things are not looking good for the England international.
“Fraser Forster is at hospital and it is looking bad,” Koeman said. “We have to wait for the scan. I hope it will be OK for him but the doctor is not positive. It is good to have an experienced goalkeeper on the bench and he showed his qualities today.”
The 6 foot 7 inch goalkeeper has been ever present for Saints this season and was the only player not to miss a single second of PL action following his $15 million arrival from Celtic last summer. However he now looks set to miss the remainder of the season, just as he looked to be challenging Joe Hart for the No. 1 jersey for England.
Forster has been a big reason why Saints currently sit in sixth place and are well in the hunt for a top four finish with eight games to go.
Veteran ‘keeper and club captain Kelvin Davis stepped in superbly on Saturday to make three fine saves in the first half to preserve the shutout and keep Burnley at bay, but you get the feeling that Forster’s likely absence for the rest of the season puts a huge dent in Southampton’s top four hopes.