Southampton Football Club can confirm that following extensive testing and consultation with the Premier League, Ralph Hasenhüttl has been cleared to end his period of self-isolation and return to Staplewood Campus.
On December 28th, Ralph’s wife received a positive result to a routine Covid-19 test, without showing any symptoms. Ralph immediately self-isolated in line with government guidelines.
In consultation with the Premier League medical advisor the test result was examined and viewed as a potential false positive. There has been two subsequent tests taken by everyone in Ralph’s household on 29th December and 31st December and all of these tests have been negative for traces of the virus.
Under the guidance of both the Southampton medical team and the Premier League medical advisor, we are now confident that the original test was a false positive and Ralph has now been cleared to return to Staplewood and take training from January 1st.
The club would like to make clear that we fully support the protocols and regulations that led to Ralph self-isolating and view them as vital in keeping everyone involved in our club, our community and our game in a safe environment.