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Southampton forward Danny Ings is expected to miss Saturday’s trip to Leicester after recently testing positive for coronavirus.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed that England international Ings had tested positive for Covid-19 after the 1-0 Premier League victory over Liverpool and it has been self-isolating.
If he returns a negative test, then Ings, who scored the only goal against the Reds in two minutes and left late, could rejoin training on Friday, but he will likely remain a big question for Leicester’s game.
“We’ve had a positive test since the Liverpool game, Danny Ings is out, he’s been in self-isolation for 10 days,” Hasenhuttl said.
“That meant that in this match (Liverpool) it was also contagious, I think it’s 48 hours before you can have a positive result.
“So far we haven’t had any more positive tests, that means our protocols (that) we follow and our guidelines that we actually follow are very disciplined.”
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Hasenhuttl feels that if clubs follow strict regulations, then there should be no curb on goal celebrations.
“When you follow the guidelines, you can also work, as we do every day together, celebrate together like we did after the Liverpool game and I think this is enough,” said the Southampton manager.
“You never know, but this showed me that when you stick to the protocols you have to control the risk.
“There is a reason why the Premier League decided to let us play football, this is what we are doing.
“For me, part of football is duels, with the players playing together, and part of football is celebrating when you score a goal.
“I think the protocols and the experiences we’ve done so far show that it works.”
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has finished his period of isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 and is available for the start of Saturday at 8pm at King Power Stadium, along with forward Che Adams, who has recovered from a concussion. cerebral.
However, Southampton’s injury problems continue to mount.
Forward Nathan Tella, 21, has suffered a muscle problem, while Moussa Djenepo, Nathan Redmond and Jannik Vestergaard are also out, and Michael Obafemi underwent thigh surgery.
“We have some muscle problems right now that give me some headaches,” Hasenhuttl said.
“I think it’s a combination of not having a normal preseason, having a difficult schedule in the past, not having the opportunity to use all the recovery facilities that we have here in the building.
“We are not allowed to use them, so this also causes us problems, I think, so we need to pay attention.”
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Southampton FA Cup third round draw against Shrewsbury, which was postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak at the Sky Bet League One club, has been reorganized for January 19, with next week’s Premier League game in Leeds canceled.
Despite facing a possible backlog of matches, Hasenhuttl will take things as they come.
“We have to play this game, if it’s now or later, we’ll have three games a week, so it doesn’t make a big difference,” added the Saints boss.
“It can be nine games in four weeks, this is perhaps the busiest time of the year.
“We have to play these games, they may have been turned down, but that doesn’t make it any easier.”
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