With five wins in a row in all competition, second place in Premier League, and Capital One Cup last-16 spot secured, it's a great time to be a Southampton fans. However, recent news regarding James Ward-Prowse will dampen the mood a bit. According to BBC, the 19-year old midfielder has been ruled out for the next 10 weeks due to fractured foot. An injury he sustained during the second half of the match against Swansea, which saw a goal from Victor Wanyama delivered the win for Southampton.
The England U-21 midfielder has played in every fixture this season, so his absence will be keenly felt by Southampton, especially when it comes to set-piece taking ability. Regarding Ward-Prowse's injury, manager Ronald Koeman had this to say:
"We're very disappointed, but that's football and that can happen".
"The boy has to keep going and it's difficult because he had a great start to the season, but its part of football and he will come back".
The 10 weeks absence suggested by the report means that Ward-Prowse will probably make his return sometime after the first week December and will likely miss Saints' tough run in late November and wary December as they play Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United in the league. Here's to a speedy recovery, James.