By Ben Dinnery

26th Nov, 2021 | 8:00am

Injury expert: Armstrong could be out for '10 games' after 'worrying' Southampton update

Stuart Armstrong could miss up to “10 games” for Southampton after his latest calf setback.

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Armstrong, 29, was taken off shortly after half-time in the Saints’ 1-0 win over Aston Villa on 5 November.

He is yet to return and, as quoted by the Daily Echo today (25 November), manager Ralph Hassneuthl confirmed he is “out with a calf injury”.

The 30-cap Scotland midfielder missed the first seven matches of the season with an injury in the same location.

Dinnery admits that Armstrong’s injury recurrence is “worrying” and that he could miss a raft of games over the busy festive period.

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“The worry is he has already missed a lot of football,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“He is constantly playing catch-up. There is competition for places at Southampton and Stuart Armstrong will want to be out there.

“Never mind the physical impact, psychologically he’ll be questioning whether his calf will hold up.

“It is worrying that it’s another calf injury. He’ll hope it’s nothing like the original problem that kept him out from August to October.

“It needs to be managed by Ralph Hassenhutl because any injury at this stage of the season could result in eight to 10 games out.”

Armstrong signed for the Saints from Celtic in 2018 and has been a fulcrum of the side when fit.

His side currently sit 13th in the league standings after 12 matches.

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