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Ralph Hasenhuttl fully focused on Brentford match amid coronavirus uncertainty

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The owner of Southampton Ralph Hasenhuttl insists his side is “100% prepared” for Saturday Premier League Collide with Brentford amid ongoing coronavirus uncertainty.

The bees Coach Thomas Frank called for a postponement of the weekend round of top matches, with 13 cases of Covid-19 among players and staff at his club.

So far, the Saints have been relatively free of trouble with the virus and Hasenhuttl said he is pleased to follow guidance from football’s governing bodies and let the game go as planned.

“I don’t know how many players, how many staff (at Brentford) are affected by this,” Hasenhuttl said.

“But we are 100% prepared for the game at the moment, this is what we have been told.

“We know about the rules from the FA that we were told before the season: I think you have to have 13 players available, an open training ground and active local authority for the game.

“The rest is up to the FA, case by case. They will decide if we have to play or not and we are 100% prepared for the game. ”

The majority of Southampton players and staff have been vaccinated.

Hasenhuttl gets encouragement from being active in those circumstances and believes the club’s Staplewood training ground is one of the “safest”.

“I feel absolutely safe because we all follow the rules,” said the Austrian. “We knew we had to do it and I felt safe.

“Here everyone is tested, everyone is vaccinated, you know you are in a safe environment.

“This is how we have felt since the beginning of the pandemic.

“So far we’ve run well, if you will, during this time there are almost no cases and you will feel safest in the training ground or around the people here because you know they are following the rules.”

Southampton go into the weekend 15th in the table following Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

Aside from some “tired legs,” the Saints have no new injury concerns following their trip to Selhurst Park.

But goalkeepers Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster are still sidelined, in addition to midfield Stuart Armstrong and forward Che Adams and Adam Armstrong.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/ralph-hasenhuttl-brentford-stuart-armstrong-premier-league-bees-b1977530.html Ralph Hasenhuttl fully focused on Brentford match amid coronavirus uncertainty

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