Ross County’s Southampton loanee Jake Vokins has had surgery on his foot – and it could force the Scottish Premiership club into the transfer market.

The left-back joined County on loan from the English Premier League club earlier this summer. But he returned to Southampton this week for an operation on his foot after a stress fracture in the build-up to last weekend’s league opener against St Johnstone, which ended 0-0.

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Vokins is back with Southampton after the blow. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Vokins’ injury means Ross County manager Malky Mackay might need to look for another left-back: “We had to contend with our starting left back Jake Vokins, in the last minute of training on Friday, who innocuously made a pass and felt something in his foot.

“It has turned out he has a stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal and will be out for 10 weeks now. That’s an extra area we will have to look at again now.

“Jake had settled in really well in the three games he played. He was absolutely gutted, I spoke to Southampton on Friday and he will be operated down there.”

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