James Ward-Prowse taken off on stretcher in agony after injury against Tottenham

Southampton star James Ward-Prowse was left screaming in agony as he was taken off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a serious injury against Tottenham in their FA Cup fourth round replay.

Ward-Prowse, filling in at right-back due to their injury problems, was attempting to block a Ryan Sessegnon clearance when he was caught around the knee by the follow-through from the Tottenham man as his studs appeared to be caught in the turf.

He instantly went down in significant discomfort, holding his right leg and being given oxygen immediately by medics as he was carried off the pitch with what looked to be a knee injury.

A half-time update from BT Sport claimed the initial assessment was possible ligament damage but they were waiting for swelling to go down to get a better idea of the damage.

James Ward-Prowse was caught by Ryan Sessegnon as he cleared the ball

Youngster Sessegnon appeared visibly shaken by the incident whilst team-mate Shane Long could be heard shouting: “F*** me, you can see his f****** bone”.

After a strong run of form for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, Ward-Prowse has received some calls for an England opportunity but could now face a spell on the sidelines.

Jannik Vestergaard replaced Ward-Prowse shortly before half-time with the sides level at 1-1 entering the break.

James Ward-Prowse was taken off on a stretcher in agony against Spurs

Tottenham took an early lead as Tanguy Ndombele’s strike was deflected into the net by Jack Stephens.

But the Saints equaliser via Shane Long after a shot was parried into his path by Hugo Lloris shortly before Ward-Prowse’s injury.

Both sides were battling to earn a tie with Norwich in the FA Cup fifth round after they drew in the initial tie at St Mary’s.

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But Southampton look like they could be forced to do without Ward-Prowse as they anxiously wait to discover the full extent of the damage.

He has been a mainstay for Hasenhuttl’s side as the only member of the squad to have played every minute this season until his injury.

They will have high hopes the injury is not as bad as first feared, particularly after letting right-back Cedric Soares head to Arsenal just before the transfer deadline.


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