Armel Bella-Kotchap has been assessed for his recent hamstring injury, and scans have shown he is set to miss the remainder of the season according to The Athletic.
The German defender joined Southampton from VFL Bochum for a fee believed to be in the region of €11.00m.
Bella-Kotchap has made 25 appearances for Southampton this season, playing 1,983 minutes and scoring twice for The Saints.
However with Southampton looking likely to be relegated, the young German could have played his last minutes at the South coast club.
His current market value according to Transfermarkt is €20.00m, however if Southampton do go down they will struggle to gain that value from the 21 year-old.
Southampton face Fulham on Saturday at Saint Mary’s Stadium and currently sit bottom of the Premier league with 24 points.
With Bella-Kotchap and Mohammed Salisu both out, Southampton will have a choice of Jan Bednarek, Lyanco and Duje Caleta-Car for their centre-backs against Fulham.
Connor Holden | Get Football