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Scott Parker to miss Fulham vs Southampton Boxing Day clash after positive Covid test within household


Scott Parker will miss Fulham’s Boxing Day Premier League clash with Southampton after a member of his household tested positive for Covid-19.

The Fulham manager has returned a negative test since learning of the positive case among his household, but in line with government guidance he will have to remain in self-isolation for 10 days before being required to return a second negative test to enable him access to the club’s training ground.

In Parker’s absence, assistant coaches Matt Wells and Stuart Gray will lead the side in the hunt for a victory that could move them out of the relegation zone.

A Fulham statement confirmed: “The club can confirm that Scott Parker will not be in the dugout for our home fixture against Southampton on Boxing Day.

“Following a member of his household testing positive for Covid-19, and despite returning a negative result, Scott has been self-isolating this week in accordance with the guidance.

“Matt Wells and Stuart Gray will take charge of the team on Saturday.

“Subject to returning a further negative result, Scott Parker will return to the dugout for our away fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on 30 December.”

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Parker will continue to fulfil his media commitments on Christmas Eve with a virtual press conference, but will have to communicate with his backroom staff from his home ahead of their Boxing Day encounter. However, the four-day gap to next Wednesday’s London derby with Spurs should allow Parker enough time to complete his isolation period and return to the dug-out, providing he does not test positive for coronavirus himself ahead of the match.

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