Southampton striker Charlie Austin has been handed a two-game suspension by the FA for what has been described as an “obscene gesture” against Manchester City. 

The forward gestured towards the away fans as he was being substituted in the Saints’ 3-1 defeat towards the end of December. 

After a charge from the FA, a decision has been taken to ban Austin for Southampton’s next two competitive fixtures. 

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This means that the former QPR man will be forced to sit out of the upcoming trip to Leicester City in the Premier League and also the FA Cup third round replay fixture against Derby County. 

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s attacking options are threadbare at the moment, with Michael Obafemi and Danny Ings injured and Manolo Gabbiadini on the verge of a move to Sampdoria. 

Sam Gallagher has returned to training but with Austin now suspended, Shane Long looks likely to lead the line against Leicester on Saturday.