Southampton fear Sam McQueen, youth product who last appeared for the club in 2018 at 23, will never play football again after knee reconstruction became INFECTED – as boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admits it will be a ‘miracle’ for him to make comeback
- Southampton left back Sam McQueen is unlikely to return to competitive action
- The 26-year-old made his last appearance for the club at the age of 23 in 2018
- Defender has spent the last two-and-a-half years battling setback after setback
Southampton left back Sam McQueen may never play football again after going through knee injury hell.
The 26-year-old made his last appearance for the club at the age of 23 in 2018 as he’s spent the last two-and-a-half years battling setback after setback.
McQueen had to be stretchered off while playing for Middlesbrough on loan against Crystal Palace in a League Cup clash in October 2018. The full back was initially sidelined for up to a year after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
Southampton’s Sam McQueen may never play football again following knee injury hell
McQueen had to be stretchered off while playing for Middlesbrough on loan against Crystal Palace in a League Cup clash in October 2018 and has not played a match since
McQueen in action against Arsenal in the FA Cup in 2017 – his last appearance came year later
But the defender suffered complications on the road to recovery with the screws in the knee reconstruction becoming infected, which severely delayed the rehabilitation process. During his time on the treatment table he has become plagued by other injury issues.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has now admitted that it would be a ‘miracle’ if McQueen was to return to action.
‘His knee is good. He had some other problems, it’s a very long story to be honest,’ he told Prost International.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted that it would be a ‘miracle’ if McQueen was to return to action
‘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.
‘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, whose contract at St Mary’s is set to expire in June, has made 29 appearances for the Saints, supplying one assist, after making his debut in 2014 following his progression through the club’s academy.