Southampton boss confirms injured star closing in on return date

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has revealed that injured goalkeeping star Fraser Forster is expected to make a return in about five weeks, Daily Mail reports.

The 27-year-old damaged his left patellar tendon and was forced to undergo surgery back in March as he was then ruled out for up to an entire year.

However, Koeman has confirmed that Forster is well on his way to making a swift recovery as he believes the England international could return a lot sooner than expected.

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“He’s doing very well, everything is going to plan and it is fast,” he said.

“I don’t want to say he will be back in four weeks but it’s going good.

“He could be part of the group in four or five weeks.”

With the Saints’ first choice keeper unavailable, the club secured a season-long loan deal for Fulham star Maarten Stekelenburg who has already played 10 out of a possible 11 Premier League matches so far.

Forster’s swift return could also be a huge boost for England boss Roy Hodgson ahead of the Euro 2016 if he is able to replicate his performances before getting injured.

The club will travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland tomorrow as they look to continue their seven game unbeaten run in all competitions.