Shane Long feared the worst after James Ward-Prowse was on the receiving finish of a late problem from Ryan Sessegnon, screaming, ‘F*** me, you can see his f***ing bone’ on the sight of his injured Southampton team-mate.
It was an exhilarating opening to Wednesday night time’s FA Cup fourth-round replay as Long cancelled out Jack Stephens’ personal objective to degree for Southampton within the 34th minute on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
With half-time approaching, although, Sessegnon left his studs in on Ward-Prowse because the pair contested for the ball to put a slight dampener on the night.
Ward-Prowse hopped round in ache earlier than hitting the deck and the makeshift right-back clung on to Danny Ings as Southampton’s medical employees handled a nasty-looking minimize to his proper knee.
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Ward-Prowse appeared to have calmed down earlier than Long steamed in and stated precisely what you don’t need to hear when you’re mendacity on the bottom in agony.
‘F*** me, you can see his f***ing bone!’ the striker yelled as he caught a glimpse of Ward-Prowse’s knee.
Ward-Prowse was given oxygen earlier than being carried off the pitch on a stretcher however, happily, it seems the England’s worldwide’s injury isn’t as unhealthy as first feared.
‘I’m blissful that Prowsey’s injury isn’t that unhealthy,’ Ralph Hasenhuttl stated following Southampton’s 3-2 defeat.
‘That would’ve been horrible – to lose the sport and lose him for longer, so that is the constructive factor.
‘It’s solely a minimize on the knee – a deep one and you might see the bone, so it’ll take a bit of little bit of time to heal, but when it was a ligament injury, it will be extra of an issue for us.’
Jose Mourinho praised the character of his gamers after a pair of late objectives from Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min cancelled out Ings’ 72nd-minute strike to safe Spurs’ place within the fifth spherical.
‘My team performance was in the limits. It was in the limits for me with players available and not available. It was in the limits for them because two days ago they played such an incredible match,’ the Portuguese stated.
‘We suffered. We performed in opposition to an excellent group, we performed in opposition to a group that was the very best group on the pitch however we deserved to win as a result of we had been in our limits.
‘They had their greatest gamers, they’d yet one more day relaxation, they had been recent.
‘I feel I did very nicely as a result of I had to handle a group with so many difficulties. I modified from the again 5 to the again 4 within the second after I might. Then Dele Alli grew to become the hyperlink.
‘The players [played with their] souls, and heart and gave absolutely everything. Four matches over two rounds, really hard for the boys. They deserve this happiness.’