Ryan Bertrand’s latest injury problem could mean that the experienced defender has already played his last game for Southampton, as he is still yet to extend his contract beyond the end of this season.
The left-back was absent from Southampton’s squad for their midweek defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, with Ralph Hasenhuttl confirming after the game that he had picked up an injury in the FA Cup semi-final defeat against Leicester City last weekend.
Whilst he didn’t give any specifics on the type of injury or how long the 31-year-old will be sidelined, there are only six games left of the Premier League campaign, so it may not be a surprise to see him ruled out until the end of the season.
It was reported in January that Southampton were confident the former Chelsea man would commit to a new contract with the club, but interest from the likes of Leicester City and Arsenal seems to have had an effect on the defender, as he is yet to sign a new deal with the Saints.
After an initial loan spell on the south coast, Bertrand joined Southampton permanently in February 2015 and has been a mainstay for the Saints ever since by making 240 appearances, contributing eight goals and 20 assists in that time.
His performances this season, have been less than impressive, though, as he has averaged a lowly 6.41/10 WhoScored rating for his performances in the Premier League, with no goals and just one assist to his name.
However, after an impressive performance from Mohammed Salisu in midweek at left-back, the Austrian may well be tempted to stick with the youngster for the rest of the season, as he is much more of a long-term option in that position.
As a natural centre-back, it also allows the Saints to move to a back three when they have the ball, with Kyle Walker-Peters pushing up; so you could argue he is much more suited to that position than Bertrand, who has performed a similar role at times this season.
Therefore, the “brilliant” Bertrand, who reportedly earns £70,000 per week at Southampton, may well have played his last game for the club, as it seems fair to suggest that his recent performances don’t really warrant him earning a new deal on the south coast.