By Joe Ellis

24th Apr, 2022 | 8:41pm

Southampton ace Tino Livramento likely to miss rest of season

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will have to play the rest of this season without star defender Tino Livramento after a bad injury against Brighton.

The 19-year-old went down in the 32nd minute after a clash with Seagulls midfielder Enoch Mwepu and instantly signalled to the bench to come and give him treatment.

He left the pitch on a stretcher and the Saints boss is very worried about one of this season’s breakthrough players in the Premier League.

“I cannot tell you what the diagnosis is but it is very, very serious,” Hasenhuttl said, as quoted by the Sun.

“We don’t yet but it is a very, very bad injury. He is very down, but we know he will come back even stronger.”

The Saints were able to salvage a draw thanks to a stunning James Ward-Prowse brace after Danny Welbeck and an own goal had Graham Potter’s side 2-0 to the good.

Nightmare

This is the absolute last thing anybody wanted to see never mind just Hasenhuttl and the Saints fans.

Livramento has been a massive breath of fresh air for the Premier League this season and his epic performances in both attack and defence will have Chelsea wondering why they ever let him go.

Kyle Walker-Peters may have to be the replacement for the teenager until the end of the season but if this is a really bad knock, as it seems to be, then he could even miss the start of next season.

He will have had faint ambitions of being in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November but this knock may just rule him out, especially with the extremely tough competition at right-back.

Right now though, all he has to do is rest and try to enjoy some time off before getting right into his rehabilitation and hopefully, he will be the same marauding full-back when he returns to full fitness next season.

In other Southampton news, Armando Broja and Tino Anjorin are on the radar for permanent transfers to St Mary’s.