Southampton manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that on-loan Liverpool striker Danny Ings remains a doubt as we head towards a return to Premier League action against Fulham this weekend.
Southampton head to Craven Cottage for the tie looking to go one better than our last result against Watford given improvements in the final third of the pitch but with 26-year-old Ings having found the back of the net five times in 12 appearances following his arrival in August, should he not make the game it will obviously be a blow.
Given he picked up the issue in the game against Watford prior to the November international break (substituted in the 40th minute) it was hoped he would recover with time to spare over the last fortnight, but speaking to saintsfc yesterday afternoon, Hughes confirmed that he hadn’t yet returned to full group training.
“Danny is the big doubt at the moment,” he said. “He’s only just got out on the grass so maybe tomorrow we might be able to integrate him into the group. As we stand at the moment, he has to be a doubt.”
With Ryan Bertrand ruled out of this one with suspension, the Welshman also confirmed that Matt Targett was the obvious choice to fill that gap and he should take to the pitch against the side he helped into the Premier League last season.