Saints boss Ronald Koeman expects striker Charlie Austin to be sidelined for “several weeks” after sustaining a hamstring injury.
Austin was substituted in the 60th minute of Saints’ 2-0 Premier League defeat to Bournemouth on Tuesday.
Koeman, who also had to replace Shane Long on 70 minutes after he picked up a knock, revealed that Austin’s injury was the more serious of the two and does not expect to be able to call upon the 26-year-old for the foreseeable future.
“For sure Charlie is a hamstring injury, [that’s] what I heard from the doctor,” he said after the match.
“Shane was a kick on his knee and I think that’s not so bad, but I think Charlie will be out for several weeks.”
Austin’s injury will be a major blow to his hopes of forcing his way into England’s Euro 2016 squad with the ex-Queens Park Rangers striker now unlikely to play again before Roy Hodgson names his squad for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Holland.
Austin has scored once in five league games since his cut-price move from Loftus Road in January.