Southampton Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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Southampton are set to be without goalkeeper Alex McCarthy who tested positive for coronavirus in the latest round of testing in the Premier League.

Saints’ number one is set to miss Monday’s crunch clash against league leaders Liverpool and could also miss the FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town.

During his time at Southampton, McCarthy has been among those revolutionised under Ralph Hasenhuttl and his impressive form has led to seven clean sheets this season. That is only bettered by Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

Southampton Keeper Alex McCarthy Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Saints Keeper Set to Miss Games Against Liverpool and Shrewsbury

During the routine testing done on Wednesday before the game against the defending champions, the England international was the only one to come back with a positive result.

Ahead of the game against Liverpool, Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed the news saying: “after the last round of tests, we have one positive case with Alex.

“So, he’s out for the game because he has to self-isolate for a period.

“I think Fraser is a very good alternative.

“He really wants to play now, was waiting for his chance and has made a really good development.

“And, against a strong opponent, to make your debut for the season is not the worst for a keeper.

“So, I’m happy that we have this alternative.”

Fraser Forster To Deputise in McCarthy Absence

Former Celtic shot-stopper Fraser Forster is in contention to return to the Southampton line-up for the first time since May 2019.

His last first-team appearance for them came when he faced West Ham United in the South Coast side’s penultimate game of the 2018/19 season, conceding three goals as Saints failed to score.

Southampton boss Hasenhuttl missed his team’s latest match, a 0-0 draw against the Hammers, after having to self-isolate. The Austrian manager spent time away from the dugout after a member of his household tested positive.

This also comes after four Premier League games were called off because of coronavirus this week.

 

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