Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl fears star striker Danny Ings will stop playing this season due to a hamstring injury, while the England ace races against time to get fit for Euro 2020.
- Hasenhuttl admits he doesn’t know if Danny Ings will play again this season
- The Southampton striker had a hamstring problem against Tottenham
- The 28-year-old has yet to return to training and is doubtful for this summer’s euro
- Ings’ good form has put him in the fight to become Southgate’s England squad
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl does not know if influential top scorer Danny Ings will play again this season, making him a big doubt for this summer’s European Championship.
Ings was forced to leave due to a hamstring problem in last week’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham after scoring his 10th Premier League goal of the campaign.
The 28-year-old England international has not returned to training and will certainly be absent for Friday night’s game at home against Leicester.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl (left) has admitted he doesn’t know if Danny Ings (right) will play again this season after sustaining a hamstring injury last week.
‘It (Ings’ injury) is no worse than it looked; I don’t know if he will be back for the last few games (of the season), ‘said Hasenhuttl.
“We have Liverpool and then five games in two weeks, so we need every player.”
His beautiful form at the front for the Saints has put him in the fight for a place in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad.
However, should he fail to recover in time, Ings will have to watch the tournament cruelly from the comfort of his own home.
Ings scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham
However, he stopped having the hamstring problem not long after and was submerged
Before retiring from a hamstring injury at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Hasenhuttl told Ings to ‘forget England’s selection’ and instead focus on turning Southampton’s season around.
“This is always my job, to get the best out of every player,” the Saints boss said earlier this month. ‘If he has a (place in the) euros or not, he is part of this club.
‘He has a contract with this club so that contract means he has to do everything and just to help us, this is the deal we made. I don’t care about the mentality of the euro – this is like a bonus for him.
Most importantly, he helps us win games, he helps us climb the table. This is the deal we have with him, and as long as he is here he is trying to give his share of this deal and we are giving our share of the deal.
Ings is running out of time to navigate Southgate’s thinking ahead of Euro 2020 in June
“We offer him everything possible to make him better – and that’s how it should be with every player.”
But Hasenhuttl believes Ings has all the qualities needed to make Southgate’s final 23-man cut.
“Ingsy is definitely one of them (players in battle) and if he’s fit, if he plays well and if he scores, then he should be part of this (England squad),” added Hasenhuttl.