An update has emerged on Southampton centre-back Jack Stephens, regarding his knee injury.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that Jack Stephens could be out of action for up to three months with a knee injury.
The centre-back came off in the first-half against Manchester City at the weekend and Hasenhuttl has now revealed how long he is set to be out for.
“His tendon on the knee is disrupted. I don’t know how long, it could be 10 to 12 weeks, but it will take quite a serious time.”
Southampton fans will be devastated by this news as it is a big blow for the club and for Stephens, given how he worked his way into the side this season.
He had started all five of the club’s Premier League matches and will now be forced to watch on from the sidelines without being able to impact the play on the pitch.
Stephens played 18 times in the Premier League last term, averaging a solid SofaScore rating of 6.71. He made 1.9 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game, showing off his defensive quality at the heart of the back four, which he carried into the current campaign.
Hasenhuttl lauded the central defender earlier this season, telling the Daily Echo: “When Jack works on his defensive duels and is aggressive there, and nasty, then he is a very good centre-back.
“He is like a leader at the back at the moment, he has really fought for his position and doesn’t want to give it away so easily.
“I think at the moment he shows how important he can be for this club and this is what I need, a guy who is good on the ball but also wins his duels.
“This was sometimes the problems with Jack, that he is a little bit too nice, too calm and a little bit too less aggressive, now when he is defending forward he is strong and this is what I demand of the player, and what he needs to do consistently.”
This illustrates how important to the Saints the £50k-per-week beast has been of late, with Hasenhuttl singing his praises for his improvement at the back.
Therefore, fans will be gutted that he will not be able to continue his development as he now needs to recover from a big injury, leaving the Saints without their first-choice centre-back for the foreseeable future.