Hasenhuttl admits it will be "miracle" if Southampton star plays football again

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl reckons it will be a "miracle" if unlucky defender Sam McQueen plays football again after a horror injury.

The 26-year-old left-back tore his ACL in October 2018 while on loan at Middlesbrough when he tried to intercept a pass.

Hasenhuttl, 53, took the reins from Mark Hughes at Southampton two months later and has never watched McQueen kick a ball.

McQueen's bad luck continued during his recovery when one of the screws used to reconstruct his knee became infected and he was back at square one.

Three years later, Hassenhuttl gave an update on McQueen and says his future in football does not look good.

"He (McQueen) had some other problems, it’s a very long story to be honest," Hasenhuttl told Prost International.

"I’ve never had a situation where I was coming to the club and never see a player (not) playing for two-and-a-half years now."

He added: “Since I’m here I’ve never saw him on the pitch.

"But when you know the infection on his knee and how things are going on then its even now a wonder that he’s able to play football or maybe one time will be able to play football again.

“We don’t know if he will ever return back to the pitch but if (he does) then it is a miracle.”

McQueen has been at parent club Southampton since 2014 and was linked with a Liverpool switch two years later.

His contract expires in the summer and it is unclear whether he will be offered a new deal.

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