Southampton striker Charlie Austin has been ruled out for 3-4 months with a shoulder injury, report Sky Sports News.
Austin was substituted in the 39th minute of the Saints’ Europa League stalemate with Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Thursday, which saw them be eliminated from the competition at the group stage. Sky Sports News report that Southampton boss Claude Puel has confirmed that the striker will likely need surgery and thus be sidelined for a number of months.
It’s a big blow for Southampton, whose victory over Middlesbrough today saw them rise to tenth in the Premier League table. They cannot afford to allow the deficit between themselves and the European qualification places grow, and not having Austin fit could prove costly.
Austin moved to St. Mary’s from Queens Park Rangers in the January transfer window, and has scored ten goals in 23 appearances since doing so. The 27-year-old already has six Premier League goals in 12 games this term.
We hope to see him fit and back on a football field as soon as possible.