Danny Ings will miss Southampton’s clash with Leicester after testing positive for COVID-19, Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed.
The England striker scored the winner as the Saints beat defending champions Liverpool 1-0 on January 4, before their FA Cup clash with Shrewsbury was called off due to an outbreak within the team. League One club.
Hasenhuttl has now revealed that Ings tested positive after the Liverpool game and has been in isolation ever since. Speaking in his pre-match press conference (via Daily Mail), the Austrian said: “I can only tell you that after the last game against Liverpool we had a positive test, Danny Ings has been away for ten days now in isolation.
“I don’t know if he can come back tomorrow. We’ll look back when we can with the tests he does all the time, but it looks like he’s out for the weekend, yes. ”
Southampton were hit with the virus ahead of this season, with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy missing Liverpool’s game with a positive test and the manager said the two cases were very similar.
“Alex [McCarthy] was a little weak for a few days and did not feel well. But after that he was fine. Only two days I think. With Danny, I think it was almost the same because he is feeling great right now. He had two or three days of symptoms. “
According to the Saints coach, Ings’ positive result likely means he was contagious when he was on the pitch against Tottenham days before Liverpool’s game. With protocols tightened on goal celebrations for players, Hasenhuttl says it proves it doesn’t make a difference, but says his players will continue to follow the new rules.
“This [Ing’s result] This meant that in this game he might be contagious – I think it’s 48 hours before you test positive, you can be – and we haven’t had any other positive tests so far.
“We were a little scared of what would happen if we had more cases or not. But it seems the way we run everything here and the way we work together always keeps us in a safe environment. ”
Ings is currently Southampton’s top scorer this season with seven goals in 13 appearances.