Ralph gives Danny Ings fitness update after last injury

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – MARCH 6: Danny Ings of Southampton receives medical treatment during the Premier League game between Sheffield United and Southampton at Bramall Lane on March 6, 2021 in Sheffield, England. Sports stadiums across the UK remain tightly restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic as government social distancing laws ban fans in venues, resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)

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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has briefed Danny Ings on his fitness after the striker sustained his final injury at Sheffield United.

Ings was sent off in Saints’ pivotal win on Bramall Lane yesterday morning and now looks like he’s on the sidelines which means he will miss some important games.

Speaking to Southamptonfc.com after Saturday’s game, Hasenhuttl said:

“I think it was a muscle problem again, but to be honest, it doesn’t look good.

“I don’t know when we’ll have him. Muscle injuries that we usually wait at least four weeks for I think so we’ll take a look. “

Danny Ings from Southampton (Photo by Lee Smith-Pool / Getty Images)

Other Southampton players need reinforcement in Ings’ absence

Given that he’s the most natural finisher at the club right now, Ings will be a failure and this latest injury issue is once again putting a tight squad on.

However, Ralph Hasenhuttl was quick to praise the accomplishments of others yesterday, and the Saints could have got pre-made replacements to keep the positive results up.

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Nathan Tella put on a performance that kept Sheffield United worried all afternoon.

Hasenhuttl noted that the striker is not easy to defend when playing as a striker and that his appearances behind the home backline opened up many opportunities – a break behind the defenders won the penalty with which James Ward-Prowse opened the goal.

Che Adams replaced Danny Ings and put on a show that proves he can step up in his team’s distress.

Despite his great early season form and regular spot on the grid, Adams appeared to have lacked confidence in the past few weeks. A moment changed that however and saw that he was present ahead of time for the remainder of Saturday’s game.

When Stuart Armstrong faced the striker outside the box, it seemed like a difficult chance to score with a bouncing ball. This didn’t prevent Adams from pounding a beautifully clean half volley into the top corner and ultimately making the three points safe for this team.

Games will continue to be tight and fast and while some rotation is expected in Manchester City mid-week, Tella and Adams could be the combo that will bring joy in the weeks to come.