Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has revealed that Michael Obafemi could be ruled out of action for longer than what was first anticipated.

The Republic of Ireland international has missed the Saints’ recent fixtures and was expected to be back in training in the near future.

However, speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Leicester City this weekend, Hasenhuttl was unable to deliver a positive update on the youngster’s condition.

As quoted by the club’s official website, the Austrian discussed Obafemi’s condition and said:

Michael Obafemi is going to take longer than we first thought, it’s a tendon injury. That isn’t good for us because we could use his speed.

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The 18-year-old has emerged as a valuable member of Hasenhuttl’s squad following his appointment as Southampton’s first-team manager in November.

Obafemi netted his first senior goal for the club last month when the Saints came away from Huddersfield Town with an important 3-1 win.

However, he has been unable to build on his recent progress as a tendon injury continues to keep him on the sidelines.