Monday morning saw Southampton FC release a positive update about star striker Danny Ings, after he'd had to leave the game at Villa Park through injury.
With the dust still settling on Saints fantastic 4-3 win against Dean Smith's side, Ralph Hasenhüttl was sounding fairly worried post-game.
"Danny was immediately shouting 'my knee, my knee!' It doesn't look good. He will have a scan tomorrow", said the Austrian.
However, less than 24 hours later, with the results of that scan received by the Club, news appeared far more promising for all parties.
An official statement from Saints read,
"Southampton striker Danny Ings has undergone a scan on his knee following Sunday’s game at Aston Villa, the initial results of which are favourable ahead of further assessment over the coming days.
Ings was forced off in the 85th minute of Saints’ 4-3 victory at Villa Park, in which he scored his fifth Premier League goal of the season, with that effort also turning out to be the match winner. After having the scan on Sunday night, the club conducted a further assessment of Ings this morning and will continue to monitor him throughout the week."
With an International break just around the corner, time will tell whether Ings recovers quickly enough to feature against Newcastle United this coming Friday (6th November) - and/or potential England duty next week (if selected) - or whether Saints will choose to give him the best part of 3 weeks to fully recover, ahead of the trip to Wolves (21st November).
Ultimately, having suffered two serious injuries over the past 3-4 years, everyone in and around Saints is just pleased to hear there doesn't appear to be any major setback this time.
With 5 Premier League goals already in 2020/21, Ings has become an essential part of Hasenhüttl's team.
The Austrian is expected to give a further fitness update during Wednesday's pre-Newcastle United press conference.
In the meantime, Saints fans around the world are keeping their fingers crossed that (th)Ings can only get better!
Article by Ben Stanfield
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