By Ben Dinnery

8th Jan, 2022 | 12:00pm

Medical expert fears for Livramento after Southampton news in last 24 hours

Southampton must ensure Tino Livramento does not suffer a reaction to his knee injury if they want him to return as soon as possible.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Livramento, who signed from Chelsea in the summer (2021), has not featured since the 3-2 Boxing Day win over West Ham.

It was later confirmed that the right-back, 19, had a fluid buld-up after picking up a knee injury.

As quoted by Hampshire Live yesterday (7 January), manager Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed Livramento is “still out through injury.”

The England Under-21 man is unavailable for today’s (8 December) FA Cup third-round clash against Swansea City.

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Dinnery predicts that it may not be too long until we see the “excellent” youngster in action again if his setback is handled correctly.

“How long he is out depends on what is causing that swelling,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“Hasenhuttl didn’t initially think it was anything too serious but it still needs to be addressed.

“There could be several contributing factors. It could be something that has been managed carefully in recent times.

“We don’t have much history as he’s still a young player. You forget that this is his first breakthrough season. He’s an excellent young player.

“His return to play will be determined by how they can manage that injury. They need to work out the problem and ensure there is no reaction.”

Livramento had missed just four minutes of football for the Saints in the league this term until his knee injury.

He is one of 10 Southampton stars currently unavailable for selection.

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