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Published: 15:29 | 3/3/16

Austin out for four weeks

Southampton striker Charlie Austin has been ruled out for three to four weeks, manager Ronald Koeman has revealed.

Austin was forced off on the hour-mark of Southampton's 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Tuesday nights, and while the injury is not as bad as first feared, he will be out of action for up to a month.

"We did a scan yesterday and he will be out for three or four weeks with a hamstring." Koeman said.

"It is a grade 1 hamstring injury and normally it is between two and four weeks but it wasn't the worst (type of hamstring injury)."

Republic of Ireland international Shane Long was substituted just ten minutes later but the injury is not as bad as Austin's.

"Shane Long is not available for the weekend but it is a different type of injury and we have full hope that he will be available next weekend but not this weekend," the manager confirmed.

"He was feeling a knock on his knee and it is really painful but it will not be a problem next weekend.

"It is part of football, it is hard to take for Charlie, it is hard to take for us because we have lost two front players.

"We lost two and now we need the rest of the strikers to do the job."

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