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Fraser Forster to miss rest of the season

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The towering Saints stopper has been ruled out for the rest of the 2014/15 Premier League season.

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Southampton and England goalkeeper Fraser Forster has been ruled out for the remainder of the season following knee surgery.

Forster was stretchered off in the early stages of Saints' commanding 2-0 victory over Burnley with a suspected knee injury. Following scans on Monday, it appears he suffered damage to his left patellar tendon - leading to a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The giant shot stopper fell injured as his knee gave away while clearing the ball away from Clarets striker, and Southampton fan, Sam Vokes.

This isn't best of news for Saints fans as the slightest hope of Champions League football at St. Mary's will have taken a knock.

Injuries such as these can take up to 12 months to fully heal, so it is likely Southampton will be without their in-form goalkeeper for a large portion of the 2015/16 Premier League season.

Forster has impressed for Southampton following his £10m move from Scottish champions Celtic in the summer, leading the Premier League with 13 clean sheets this season.

Saints will be looking to veteran 'keeper Kelvin Davis and the likes of Paulo Gazzaniga and Cody Cropper to provide goalkeeping support in Forster's absence.

Davis performed spectacularly in place of Forster against Burnley and Southampton fans will be hoping he can replicate this form throughout the remainder of the season.