‘He may have been contagious against Liverpool’: Ralph Hasenhuttl reveals Southampton striker Danny Ings is in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid following winner against Klopp’s men
Southampton forward Danny Ings returned a positive Covid test following their win over Liverpool and was potentially contagious during the game, according to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Ings has been in isolation since that match and is due to come out of it on Friday ahead of their game with Leicester City.
Ings, 28, played 77 minutes and scored Southampton’s winner in the match at St Mary’s on January 4.
Danny Ings returned a positive Covid-19 test after Southampton’s win over Liverpool
Ings celebrates with his Southampton team-mates after scoring the winner against Liverpool
The striker celebrated with his team-mate after netting the winner but Hasenhuttl confirmed there had been no other positive tests in his squad since.
Speaking ahead of Southampton’s trip to Leicester on Saturday evening, Hasenhuttl said: ‘Danny Ings is out now. He is in self-isolation. He may have been contagious against Liverpool. We have had no other positives since.’
Ings’ positive test comes as football is under enormous scrutiny for how it is responding to the coronavirus pandemic and Whitehall sources have told Sportsmail there is ‘growing frustration’ over Covid rule breaches among players.
As an elite sport it is allowed to continue when most of the activities in the country are curtailed during the national lockdown aimed at reducing sky-high rates of coronavirus infection.
Ings, who may have been contagious during the game, is challenged by Thiago Alcantara
Ministers have considered shutting the game down and insist it is hard to justify the additional freedoms it enjoys when the public see footballers flouting the rules they have to follow, including group hugs, dressing room celebrations, as well as going to parties.
Seven Premier League players from five clubs breached social distancing guidelines by attending or organising parties during the festive period.
This was followed by breaches of Covid rules on and off the field in the FA Cup third round when players celebrated goals in huddles and enjoyed a singsong and drank champagne together in the dressing room after two matches.
And now, with the return of Premier League fixtures, players have marked the majority of goals with celebratory scrums, which have horrified health experts for the poor example they set and infuriated frustrated politicians. All of this has increased calls for the game to be shut down.
More to follow.