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Saints confirm defender Livramento 'likely' to miss the rest of 2022

Southampton defender Tino Livramento is "likely" to miss the rest of 2022 after the club confirmed he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury at Brighton on Sunday.

The England Under-21s full-back received oxygen and was carried off on a stretcher after an innocuous challenge with Enock Mwepu during the first half of Sunday's 2-2 Premier League draw at the Seagulls.

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl described the injury as appearing "very, very serious," with subsequent scans of the player's left knee confirming surgery would be needed.

A club statement read on Wednesday: "Southampton can regrettably confirm Tino Livramento has suffered an ACL injury and is likely to be sidelined for the remainder of the year.

"Livramento will now undergo surgery before beginning rehab. Although there is no definitive timescale on his return, it is likely he will be unavailable for the remainder of 2022.

Everyone at the club sends their very best wishes to Tino and will be doing everything to support him throughout each step of his recovery."

One consolation for Livramento is that his potential eight-month lay-off will include the off-season and this year's winter World Cup in Qatar.

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