Southampton hitman Danny Ings will be out of action for four to six weeks with a knee injury according to his coach Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Ings damaged his knee in his clubs 4-3 win over Aston Villa at the weekend.
And his manager has said the striker will need to undergo a minor surgery which will keep him on the sidelines for more than a month.
“He’ll have a small surgery tomorrow morning. It could be worse, but he’ll be out and it’s not good news for us.
“At the moment it looks like he is out for four to six weeks,” said Hasenhuttl, ahead of Friday’s match against Newcastle.
Ings was injured during a challanhe from Vila substitute Trezeguet and the former Liverpool man had a scan on Monday with a knee surgery to follow on Thursday.
The Saints play Newcastle in a Friday night football and the 28-year old will be missing.
Southampton are currently 5th on the log and will have to deal with the absence of their last season’s highest goalscorer when they take on Newcastle, Wolves, Manchester United, Brighton, Sheffield United and Arsenal in the next sis weeks.