Morgan Schneiderlin may well have played his last game for Southampton.
The French international midfielder hobbled off in the dying stages of Saints’ 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur last weekend and the knee injury he suffered will rule him out for up to five weeks, meaning his season is over.
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Saints’ boss Ronald Koeman confirmed the news in his pre-match press conference before his side head north to face relegation-haunted Sunderland on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra) at the Stadium of Light.
“Morgan will be out until the end of the season,” Koeman said. “He has [injured] the ligaments in his left knee and he will be out for four, five weeks and that means until the end of the season.”
Schneiderlin, 25, has had another stellar campaign in the engine room for Southampton and has been a driving force in their highest ever points total as they aim to clinch a spot in the top six (that would be their best position in Premier League history) and qualify for the Europa League.
His injury means that he will now miss Saints’ four remaining games of the season away at Sunderland and Leicester City, a home game against Aston Villa and the final match of the campaign away at Manchester City.
It also means that after a seven-year stay at St Mary’s, which has seen him rise with the team from League One to the upper echelons of the Premier League, Schneiderlin may well be on his way to a new club. Last summer he publicly displayed his unrest at not being able to leave Saints when a host of others players did and he has since expressed his desire to only remain with Southampton if they qualified for the UEFA Champions League this season.
That was always going to be a long shot, even if Saints still have a mathematical chance of finishing in the top four, so Schneiderlin could be on his way with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United all rumored to be interested in his services.
Koeman calmed any talk of him leaving and said that there were “no serious bids” for any of his players. He also said that Schneiderlin was happy but that the decision about sticking around is “up to the player.”
With a price tag in excess of $30 million, let’s see if anyone plumps for the two-way French midfielder this summer.