Southampton relief as Danny Ings avoids serious knee damage

Max Mathews November 2, 2020
Southampton relief as Danny Ings avoids serious knee damage
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Southampton and England striker Danny Ings has suffered no major immediate damage to his knee, according to Sky Sports.

Ings was injured in an awkward collision with Aston Villa’s Egyptian winger Trezeguet during the Saints’ pulsating 4-3 win yesterday.

Southampton feared he could face a long spell on the sidelines after he was forced off with five minutes remaining.

But an early scan was said to be promising. Ings has yet to be ruled out of the Saints’ next Premier League game, at home to Newcastle on Friday.

Saints hopeful of quick return

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said after the game: “Danny hurt his knee but we hope it’s not too bad. It didn’t look good at the time.

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

According to a Southampton statement on Monday, the initial results of the scan were “favourable”. This has boosted Hasenhuttl’s and Saints fans’ hopes of a swift return.

Southampton added: “After the scan on Sunday night, the club conducted a further assessment of Ings this morning and will continue to monitor him throughout the week.”

Danny Ings would be a big miss

Three-cap England international Ings scored 22 goals last season, finishing level with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and one behind Leicester’s Jamie Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot.

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The former Liverpool striker has continued that form for Southampton this season, with five goals in seven Premier League games. That included a wonderful dipping effort against Aston Villa to make it 4-0 before his late knock.

An anterior cruciate knee ligament injury troubled Ings at Liverpool, restricting him to 25 appearances in all competitions across three seasons. However, he has appeared regularly since his move to the South Coast.

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Max Mathews is a Gold Standard NCTJ freelance sports journalist, writer, and broadcaster with experience for Sky Sports, the Times, Telegraph, Mail, and Love Sport Radio.