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
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.