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Ralph Hasenhuttl has been given the green light to end his period of self-isolation following extensive coronavirus testing, Southampton confirmed.
The Saints coach was not on the touchline as his team drew 0-0 with West Ham in the Premier League on Tuesday after entering a quarantine period when his wife tested positive for COVID-19, despite show no symptoms.
However, the result was later determined to be a false positive and when two additional tests performed by everyone at Hasenhuttl’s home came back negative, it was determined that he can return to the training base at the Staplewood Campus in Southampton as of 1 January.
A club statement read: “Southampton Football Club can confirm that after extensive testing and consultation with the Premier League, Ralph Hasenhuttl has been cleared to end his period of self-isolation and return to Staplewood Campus.
“On December 28, Ralph’s wife tested positive for a routine COVID-19, showing no symptoms. Ralph immediately isolated himself in accordance with government guidelines.
“In consultation with the Premier League medical advisor, the test result was examined and considered a possible false positive.
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“All members of Ralph’s household took two subsequent tests on December 29 and December 31 and all of these tests were negative for traces of the virus.
“Under the guidance of both the Southampton medical team and the Premier League medical advisor, we are now confident that the original test was a false positive and Ralph has been cleared to return to Staplewood and train as of January 1st.
“The club would like to make it clear that we fully support the protocols and regulations that led Ralph to isolate himself and consider them vital to keeping everyone involved in our club, our community and our game in a safe environment.”
Southampton’s next Premier League game is at home to Liverpool on January 4.
A COVID-19 outbreak at Manchester City led to their Premier League game in Everton on Monday being postponed four hours early, while Tottenham’s clash with Fulham was called off on Wednesday due to an outbreak at camp. of the Cottagers.
The Premier League on Tuesday confirmed a record 18 new positive tests for coronavirus in the week beginning December 21.