Big blow for Koeman as Schneiderlin ruled out for rest of season
Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury, manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed.
The Frenchman suffered the problem during the 2-2 draw against Tottenham last weekend, with scans revealing the problem was serious enough to sideline him for up to a month.
Koeman said at a press conference: "Morgan will be out until the end of the season, for four or five weeks."
Southampton head to relegation-battlers Sunderland on Saturday looking to maintain hope of European qualification, currently in seventh place but only a point behind both Spurs and Liverpool.
Schneiderlin had played a central role in Saints' promising campaign, which had earlier seen them up in the Champions League places.
The 25-year-old's performances have seen him linked with a summer move away from St Mary's Stadium, with the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal reported targets, although the club insists he is not for sale. "He is a key player, so it is disappointing," said Koeman. "It is the ligaments of his left knee and that is a shame because he's out for the last part of the season."
The Southampton manager also confirmed midfielder Dusan Tadic would miss the trip to the north east. Koeman said: "He is struggling with some groin problems for a long time and we decide now to put him out of the team because he has to recover and be 100 per cent and, if not, he will struggle next season and we don't want that."