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Southampton and England boosted by good news on star's injury

Ronald Koeman has revealed that Charlie Austin should be fit to return within the next fortnight.

Ronald Koeman has confirmed to reporters that Southampton and England have been handed a boost with the news that Charlie Austin should be fit to return to match action within the next two weeks, as quoted by the Press Association.

The 26-year-old joined the Saints from Queens Park Rangers for a fee of £4 million in the January transfer window and made an immediate impact on the South coast by scoring the winner on his debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

His promising start to life at St. Mary's was cut short by an injury suffered in the defeat at Bournemouth on 1 March, and there were fears that the striker could miss an extended period of the remainder of the season.

However, Koeman has now confirmed that the problem does not look to be as serious as first thought, and has suggested that the former Burnley man could be fit to return by the start of next month.

The Dutch manager told reporters, as quoted by the PA: "The latest update about Charlie is that he will be out for another 10 days to two weeks.

"With the schedule of the season that means he will be fit after the international break."

As alluded to by Koeman, Austin will not recover in time to be available to Roy Hodgson for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands.

However, his scheduled return would see him have the best part of two months to prove his fitness and find enough form to try to force his way into Hodgson's reckoning ahead of the final warm-up games before Euro 2016.

The striker is yet to make his debut for England, although he was been called up as part of the squad on a couple of occasions last year.

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