Hamstring blow for Saints’ Euro hopes

Ronald Koeman has confirmed that striker Charlie Austin will be out for three or four weeks due to a hamstring problem.

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The former QPR frontman suffered the injury during the midweek 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth and was forced to be substituted on the hour mark, being replaced by Graziano Pelle.

Koeman suggested after the game at Dean Court that Austin would be missing for ‘several weeks’ and that has now been confirmed, after the 26-year-old underwent a scan on Thursday.

With an expected absence of around a month, the hamstring problem also is expected to have an impact on Austin’s chances of making Euro 2016, with England facing two international friendlies in late March.

Meanwhile, Koeman has also confirmed that Austin’s fellow striker Shane Long will also miss Saturday’s game against Sunderland, but should be fit for the trip to Stoke next weekend.

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