Ralph Hasenhuttl to miss Southampton vs West Ham after positive coronavirus test in household

Austrian will manage his team remotely via video link while self-isolating

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Southampton coach Ralph Hasenhuttl will miss his side’s Premier League game against West Ham this evening following a positive coronavirus test result in his household. 

Southampton announced the news in a statement this afternoon. 

“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,” the statement read.

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

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“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 news comes on the same day that figures from the Premier League’s latest round of coronavirus testing were revealed. The numbers showed that there had been more positive test results over Christmas than in any other period so far this season.

Furthermore, Monday’s scheduled top-flight meeting between Everton and Manchester City was postponed hours before kick-off due to a surge in Covid-19 cases at the Manchester club.

Monday also saw 14 other fixtures cancelled across the National Leagues.

Southampton enter tonight’s home tie in ninth place in the Premier League on 25 points. Visitors West Ham, meanwhile, are one place behind in tenth with 22 points.

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