Southampton has been dealt a massive blow with the news that star forward Gaston Ramirez will be out of action for at least the next four weeks of the Premier League, potentially even rising to six weeks depending on how the Uruguayan recovers.
After joining the newly promoted Saints for a club record £12 million over the summer transfer window, Ramirez suffered a dead leg in training, which caused the thigh muscle to swell up and left the international striker in hospital for some time.
According to The World Game, Saints manager Nigel Adkins has no intention of rushing their star forward back into the starting lineup and will give him all the time he needs to properly recover from his injury and any subsequent complications.
The muscle has swelled up very much because there was nowhere for the blood to go, so there was a lot of pressure on his thigh.
He has had to have a couple of days in hospital to try and relieve the pressure, so obviously he is not going to go and join the Uruguayan team over the international break.
The international matches that Adkins is referring to are World Cup qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, where the striker was lined up to play two qualifying matches against Argentina and Bolivia—both of which he will obviously miss.
Southampton currently sit just one point outside of the relegation zone in 17th position, having earned a last-minute draw against Fulham over the weekend.
The Saints have proven that they can mix it with the best in the Premier League, as shown in their matches against Manchester City and Manchester United. However, they have also shown that they can turn in some poor performances as well, their 6-1 drubbing to Arsenal earlier in the year being the prime example.
And now with their best player missing for the next month or so, it seems unlikely that the Saints will be able to drastically improve on their form so far this season.
Fortunately for the Saints, they do not play any of the real Premier League heavyweights while Ramirez is likely to be out, though that will obviously depend on how long the attacker takes to fully recover.
But in a competition where one goal can mean the difference between survival and relegation, an injury to a world-class striker in a cellar-dwelling team isn't good news—regardless of when in the season it arises.
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