Southampton defender Sam McQueen has been forced to retire at the age of 26.
The academy graduate first joined the Saints at the age of eight and spent his entire career at the club, leaving loans to Southend and Middlesbrough.
Left-back McQueen’s career was marred by injury, making just 29 appearances for Southampton.
He had not played since suffering a serious knee problem during loan at Borough in October 2018.
The Saints were trying to fit him in perfectly, but knew it would always be an uphill battle, with boss Ralph Hasenhuttle claiming in April that it would be a miracle if he ever played again.
A statement from Southampton said: “Everyone at Southampton Football Club heartily thank Sam for his incredible commitment and efforts as a Saints player, as well as the way he has carried himself off the pitch. wants to give
“He will continue to receive our support and will be a shining example for all the young players to come through the club’s academy.
“We wish him the very best for the future and there is no doubt that he will be successful in whatever he chooses to do.”
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Meanwhile, Saints are angered by the late postponement of Sunday’s clash with Newcastle.
Southampton feel the lines are getting blurred over whether matches are being postponed due to Covid cases or injuries.
What they really want is more clarity as to which players are injured and who have tested positive for COVID when the postponement is requested.
A statement read: “We share our supporters’ disappointment in hearing this news and will confirm details of the rearranged fixture in due course.
“All tickets for the game will remain valid for the new date.”
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