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Southampton are eagerly waiting on the news of star payer Manolo Gabbiadini’s injury.

The striker, who joined the club from Napoli in January for a reported fee of £14 million, had to leave the field with a groin problem in the first half of their 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Gabbiadini has hit the ground running, scoring six goals already and making Southampton look sharper in front of goal.

However, the Italian’s injury could have a negative impact on the south-coasters, as they have relied on him finding the net recently.

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Claude Puel confirmed the suspected injury picked up by his attacker was to the groin, but admitted there would need to be further tests to determine the extent of the problem.

“It’s a groin injury,” Puel told the Daily Echo.

“We will see with other examinations.

“I think and I hope it is not bad, but for his national team I think it is not possible for him to play.”

Despite the Italy international’s premature departure from the game, the Saints performed well with Puel insisting his side were good enough for the draw, after a much improved second half performance.

“A draw for me was normal,” he said.

“I think the second half was better. It was also of course interesting because we can do a good recovery, a good start with the ball.

“We didn’t find the good clinical edge to finish all the situations but I think a draw seemed normal for me.”

The defeat to Tottenham on Sunday leaves Southampton sitting 10th in the Premier League going into the international break.