CHARLIE Austin is likely to be hit with a retrospective ban for his gruesome challenge on Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl – but the striker will be out for a minimum of two weeks with a hamstring anyway.

The 28-year-old hit his sixth goal of the season in the 1-1 draw with the Terriers at St Mary's today.

But soon after he appeared to kick Lossl in the face after the visiting stopper went to ground to collect in Jack Stephens' through ball.

It resulted in Lossl having blood pouring from his nose.

Huddersfield manager David Wagner called the kick "very ugly and nasty" but revealed that his goalkeeper is okay.

The German said: "He is okay even if he doesn't look okay. I think he looks like this challenge was very ugly and nasty.

“This should never happen because I think there was so much distance between the goalkeeper and the ball and Jonas Lossl was so early on the ball that this should never happen.

“Charlie Austin made the wrong decision in this moment.

“To be honest I was too far away during the game even if I thought there was a lot of distance.

“After seeing the video footage, this should usually never happen – that an opponent hurts another opponent on purpose.

“I don't like to say this but it looks this way. Jonas as well was absolutely surprised.

“This was a nasty challenge and nothing I like to see."

Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino meanwhile said he hadn't seen the incident that took place on 33 minutes at St Mary's, but insisted Austin did not have "bad intentions".

"I haven’t seen the clips, the image," he said. "I don’t think Charlie has got bad intentions in this moment but it’s part of football sometimes.

"Football is a sport with a lot of contact, but I think nothing important happens."

Austin hobbled out of the game late on with a hamstring problem and Pellegrino said: "I think he will be out a couple of weeks minimum."