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Southampton defender Jeremy Pied to have knee operation

Southampton defender Jeremy Pied will need a knee operation
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Southampton defender Jeremy Pied has confirmed he does need knee surgery after being injured in training.

The French full-back suffered the injury in first-team training on August 23 and has confirmed on Twitter that he will need an operation. Pied moved to Southampton from Nice in the first week of August and signed a two-year contract, having rekindled his working relationship with manager Claude Puel for a third time.

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"I can confirm the bad news for my knee - I need an operation on the cruciate in my knee," he wrote on Twitter.

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"Thank you very much for your messages of support. It's hard for me to digest but it's a trial to overcome.

"I'm determined to give all my energy  to come back as soon as possible and you can count on me. Thank you again and I will keep you informed quickly of my future recovery."

Pied's career began with Lyon, before he made his first senior appearances during a loan spell with FC Metz during the 2009/10 campaign.

The full-back returned to Lyon and made 35 appearances across the course of the 2010/11 campaign, going on to win the Coupe de France the following season.

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Pied then made the move to Nice to work alongside Puel for the second time. The defender made 83 appearances during his stay with the club, enjoying a loan spell at Guingamp in 2014/15.

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