Long facing six weeks out

first_imgSouthampton will be without Shane Long for up to six weeks after he fractured a couple of ribs, Press Association Sport understands. The Republic of Ireland international fractured his ribs but did not sustain a punctured lung, contrary to reports, with his absence another big blow for Champions League-chasing Saints. Toby Alderweireld, Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin are all unavailable at the moment through injury, joining long-term absentees Sam Gallagher and Jay Rodriguez in the treatment room. International commitments mean Sadio Mane, Emmanuel Mayuka and Maya Yoshida have reduced Ronald Koeman’s options further. The 28-year-old forward was forced off just 14 minutes after his introduction in the second half of Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round exit to Crystal Palace. The collision with Palace defender Joel Ward during the 3-2 loss saw Long taken to hospital and Press Association Sport understands he now faces between four and six weeks out of action. center_img Press Associationlast_img

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