Photo: Southampton's Shane Long reveals full extent of injury

Shane Long

Southampton striker Shane Long has revealed the full extent of the injury he suffered while on FA Cup duty against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Southampton striker Shane Long has taken to Twitter to thank well wishers for their messages of support after he picked up a knock against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

An image posted on social media also shows the full extent of the injury, with the Republic of Ireland international requiring significant medical assistance.

Long lasted just 13 minutes of the FA Cup fourth round tie, having been introduced off the bench and forced to make way shortly afterwards.

His involvement was cut short by a fractured rib suffered during a tussle with Joel Ward.

He is expected to be out of action for several weeks, with it important that he is not rushed back into Premier League and cup competition.

The Saints boss Ronald Koeman said of Long at his post-match press conference: "That's a pity because he's doing well.”

Long has netted four times for Southampton in all competitions this season.

He has often had to settle for a role as an impact player off the bench, with Graziano Pelle currently Koeman’s favoured choice to lead the line.

His work rate and commitment has never been questioned, though, and he has shown once again that he is prepared to put his body on the line for the good of the collective cause.

Long’s absence could, however, force the Saints into the transfer market for attacking reinforcements.

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