Danny Ings injury update

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Danny Ings injury news is never something you want to hear, but the Southampton striker has gone down with another injury during the 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester City.

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Ings, 28, went down clutching his left knee just before half time in Saints’ clash with Manchester City at St Mary’s on Saturday, and he came straight off, as it looked like a left hamstring problem.

Southampton’s leading goalscorer was able to walk off on his own, but the decision to start him for the third time in a week could end up being a big problem for Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The Southampton manager was asked after the game how serious the injury to Ings was.

“We can’t say now. I think it is a hamstring problem,” Hasenhuttl said. “He stepped off hopefully early enough. I spoke to him before the game and let him take the risk of playing from the beginning after a long injury. I was really thinking about leaving him out today if it wasn’t Man City I wouldn’t have done it [started him]. Now you do it and you get the pill for it. Hopefully it is not too bad.”

I was on-site a St Mary’s and there was a glum look on the faces of Southampton’s coaching staff and subs as Ings came off, but in the second half he sat in the stands and looked okay.

Given his history with injuries, it was a little strange to see him starting once again up top for Southampton.

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This does not seem like good news for Southampton, as he had only just returned from surgery on his left knee after spending a month out earlier this season.

Ings has recovered from multiple ACL injuries during his time at Bournemouth, Burnley and Liverpool, and his most recent injury looked like being a serious one but it turned out to be minor.

Maybe this was just a precaution, but any injury to Ings is not good news for Southampton, and fans everywhere, as one of the most popular players in the Premier League has been blighted by injuries in recent years.

Southampton have Theo Walcott who can slot in up top but this was the last thing they needed after their fast start to the season and a busy festive season coming up.