Alex McCarthy ruled out of Southampton’s Monday night game against Liverpool after goalkeeper tests positive for Covid-19
- Alex McCarthy will miss game vs Liverpool after testing positive for coronavirus
- Southampton goalkeeper has been forced to self isolate and may miss FA Cup
- McCarthy’s absence mean Fraser Forster will play for first time since May 2019
Southampton will be without goalkeeper Alex McCarthy against Liverpool after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Southampton’s no.1 is currently in isolation after receiving the results of his test and could also miss their FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury.
Southampton’s players underwent their routine tests on Wednesday and McCarthy was the only player to return a positive result.
Alex McCarthy will be unavailable for Southampton’s game vs Liverpool after he tested positive for Covid-19, forcing him into self-isolation
His absence is a significant blow for Southampton. He has been in impressive form this season and only Emiliano Martinez has kept more than his seven Premier League clean sheets.
But it will also open the door for Fraser Forster to return to Southampton’s first team and make his first appearance for the club since May 2019.
Forster fell out of favour at Southampton under Mauricio Pellegrino and before facing West Ham in May 2019 his previous game for the club was on Boxing Day in 2017. Forster spent last season on loan at Celtic.
Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed Fraser Forster will likely play first Saints game since May 2019
Southampton boss will be without his ‘keeper who has the league’s second-most clean sheet
Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl said: ‘After the last round of tests, we have one positive case now with Alex McCarthy, so he’s out for the game on Monday and maybe also the Shrewsbury game, as he has to self-isolate for a period.
‘I think Fraser is a very good alternative. He really wants to play now and was waiting for his chance.
‘He has made a good development and, against a strong opponent, to make the debut of the season is not the worst for a goalkeeper I think, because you can immediately show up. I’m happy that he’s here and we have this alternative.’
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