RALPH Hasenhuttl is hoping that he will be able to welcome more injured and ill members of his squad back in time for Wolves tomorrow.

The Austrian boss revealed after Tuesday’s emphatic 4-1 win over Brentford that there were “four or five” COVID cases within the squad.

Che Adams marked his return from the illness with a goal while Thierry Small took a first place on a Premier League bench.

And the hopeful Saints manager, speaking after the match, said: “One or two players can maybe be back with the squad on Saturday, let’s have a look how it is with COVID situation.

“With a negative test, it is possible."

Kyle Walker-Peters has missed the last two with a COVID case and could be set to make a return, having also concurrently served a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation.

Yan Valery, who was suspended after a one-match ban due to his sending off at Swansea, will definitely be able to make a return also.

Moi Elyounoussi is understood to have tested positive in the build-up to Brentford, which could rule him out depending on isolation timings – he featured last Saturday for Swansea.

However, the Government announced that it is from Monday, people will be able to leave isolation after negative lateral flow tests on days five and six, rather than seven.

This means Elyounoussi should not be available for selection. Meanwhile, Theo Walcott has not been seen in a Saints squad in 2022 and could have been one player out with COVID that was unannounced by the club. If so, he could also return by now.

Alex McCarthy also continues his recovery in full Saints training, but has lost his number one spot to the in-form Fraser Forster.

Tino Livramento and Will Smallbone will still not be ready to make returns from their respective knee and calf injuries.