BOSS Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed striker Danny Ings has been in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus.

The manager confirmed the England international tested positive for the COVID-19 following the home victory over Liverpool last week.

Ings scored the winner against his former club to earn his side a 1-0 triumph at St Mary's.

But the positive test means Ings is likely to miss Saturday’s trip to Leicester City in the Premier League (8pm).

“I can tell you we had after the last game against Liverpool one positive test, Danny Ings was out for 10 days in self-isolation,” said the manager.

“That meant in this game (against Liverpool) maybe he was also contagious. I think it’s 48 hours you can be before you have a positive test and we had no further positive tests so far.

“So that means that our protocols that we are sticking to and our guidelines are very disciplined.

"When you stick to the protocols, you minimise the risks and that's what we're continuing to do.

“I don't know if he can come back (to training) tomorrow (Friday), but it seems that he's out for the weekend.”

The St Mary’s side will be boosted by the returns of Che Adams and Alex McCarthy.

But Hasenhuttl still has injury problems regarding the likes of Oriol Romeu, Jannik Vestergaard, Mohammed Salisu, Nathan Redmond and Moussa Djenepo who are all set to miss out.

The boss also confirmed Michael Obafemi has undergone surgery on his quad muscle, while youngster Nathan Tella has also picked up a muscle problem.

"We have a few problems in the moment which gives me a bit of a headache,” said Hasenhuttl.

"We've not got the chance to use all the recovery equipment we have in the building at the moment and we had a shorter pre-season, so that plays a part.”