Ralph Hasenhuttl will MISS Southampton's clash with West Ham

Ralph Hasenhuttl will MISS Southampton’s clash with West Ham, with Saints boss going into self isolation after member of his household tests positive for Covid-19

  • Southampton Ralph Hasenhuttl will not be on the touchline for the match
  • However Saints insist their manager will instead take charge from his home
  • The 53-year-old will work with his backroom team who will be at the game
  • News comes as Sheffield United also post ‘a number of positive tests’  

Southampton will be without their manager Ralph Hasenhuttl on the touchline when they take on West Ham United in the Premier League on Tuesday evening.

The Saints host the Hammers at St Mary’s but Hasenhuttl will be unable to take charge at the ground after a member tested positive for Covid-19.

However, the south coast outfit stated the 53-year-old will still take charge of the clash from his home, and will instruct his side via communications with his backroom team who will be present on the touchline.

The news comes as Sheffield United also recorded ‘a number of positive coronavirus tests after the latest round of testing’.

A statement from Southampton read: Southampton Football Club can confirm that Ralph Hasenhuttl will not be in the dugout for this evening’s game against West Ham United at St Mary’s Stadium.

A member of Ralph’s household tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday (December 28), and in keeping with the club’s usual protocols and government guidance, Ralph is currently self-isolating whilst we assess the situation further.

Ralph will manage this evening’s game from home and will remain in contact with the team and coaching staff throughout the game via a video and audio link.

The Saints boss is now set to isolate for 10 days which could also see him miss his side’s home clash with Liverpool on January 4. 

As well as the outbreak in cases at the Blades, Hasenhuttl’s coronavirus related absence is another blow to the Premier League which on Tuesday recorded its highest number amount of positive tests since football restarted post Project Restart with 18.

Five of those came from Manchester City who saw their clash with Everton postponed just hours before kick-off on Monday following the return of the positive results.

The latest round of testing saw 1,479 players and staff tested and the results show a sharp increase on last week’s total.

The English Football League is also ready to tighten its protocols and instruct clubs to close all indoor areas at training grounds amid growing concern about the spread of coronavirus.

Sportsmail understands the EFL is looking at plans to advise clubs to shut gyms and other facilities in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus and clubs are bracing themselves for a sharp rise in the number of cases when they test players and staff next week.

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