Southampton handed boost with Danny Ings expected to return to training sooner than first thought after sustaining ‘no severe ligament damage’ during win over Aston Villa
- Danny Ings was forced off against Aston Villa after sustaining a knee injury
- However, Ings sustained no severe ligament damage and simply jarred his knee
- Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted he was fearing the worst after the striker limped off
- The Saints talisman suffered two serious knee injuries when he was at Liverpool
A scan on Danny Ings’ knee has shown no severe ligament damage following the challenge with Aston Villa’s Ahmed Elmohamady on Sunday afternoon.
Ings is expected to be back in training sooner than expected after being replaced in the final five minutes of their 4-3 victory at Villa.
Ralph Hasenhuttl shared his concerns for the Southampton striker’s future after the game, but according to The Telegraph, Ings has simply ‘jarred’ his knee, and sustained no significant damage to the joint.
Striker Danny Ings was taken off five minutes from the end of normal time against Aston Villa
The news will come as a relief to Southampton as Ings was their biggest attacking threat last season – scoring 22 times in the Premier League, with Jamie Vardy bagging 23 to pip him and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Golden Boot.
Hasenhuttl had feared the England striker had suffered another significant injury at Villa Park and that the club would be without their talisman for the rest of the season.
Ings has a history of severe knee injuries, having suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in 2015 and and cartilage damage in 2016, which led to two long spells on the sidelines.
But, the Southampton man has sustained no severe ligament damage and just jarred his knee
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted he feared the worst after the striker limped off
After Ings went down against Villa screaming ‘my knee’ Hasenhuttl thought the worst for the 28-year-old.
After the game he said: ‘It doesn’t look good. It was right in front of me, and we know his history with knees. We hope it is not too bad an injury, but we must have a look at the scan.
‘He overstretched his knee which is always dangerous, and he was immediately shouting ”My knee, my knee.”’
The Southampton man will, however, return to the squad soon – keeping both his domestic and international career alive.
Ings is their biggest attacking threat and scored 22 times in the Premier League last season
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