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Alex McCarthy out of Liverpool clash after testing positive for coronavirus


Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating.

McCarthy has always been in between the sticks for the Saints this season but will miss Monday’s clash with Liverpool and is also a doubt for the FA Cup fixture with Shrewsbury.

Ahead of Monday’s game Hasenhuttl told reporters: “After the last round of testing we now have a positive case with Alex McCarthy, so he’s out for Monday’s game and possibly Shrewsbury’s game as well. , because he must isolate himself. for a moment.”

McCarthy has kept seven Premier League sheets clean so far this season, although his absence means Fraser Forster will likely make his first appearance in the competition since the 2018/19 season.

Commenting on the rest of the squad, Hasenhuttl added: “Otherwise we’ll take a look. We have some injury issues, and we have to look at who is available.

“I think Fraser is a very good alternative. He really wants to play now and was waiting for his chance.

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Forster warms up ahead of Manchester United game | Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

“He had a good development and, against a strong opponent, making the start of the season isn’t the worst for a goalkeeper.

“I think, because you can show up immediately. I’m glad he’s here and that we have this alternative. ”

Forster spent last season on loan with Scottish giants Celtic, where he already made a name for himself as a top scorer before joining the Saints in 2014. He is also an England international, but has not played for the Three Lions since 2016.