RALPH Hasenhuttl confirmed that Kyle Walker-Peters is ready to return from COVID and end their right-back crisis, but Moi Elyounoussi and Theo Walcott have confirmed cases.

Saints travel to Wolves on Saturday, January 15, and have been given a small boost with the return of Walker-Peters, who is yet to feature in 2022.

The 24-year-old could now be set to start with Tino Livramento out with a meniscus injury in his knee. Youngster Thierry Small also is available after a bout of COVID.

However, the Austrian also confirmed that Elyounoussi, who scored as a substitute in the FA Cup win over Swansea, is missing with a confirmed case while Walcott’s recent absence has also been explained through the same reason.

Speaking ahead of the visit to Wolves, Hasenhuttl said: “Tino (Livramento) and Will (Smallbone) are still out with injuries.

“We have Moi Elyounoussi and Theo Walcott out with COVID still.

“Kyle is back from Covid, Thierry Small is back from COVID and this is how it is at the moment.”

The update is a positive as it means, up to now, Saints have no surprise cases and remain with a full complement of defenders and attackers to choose from.

Che Adams marked his return from isolation with a goal from the bench in the recent 4-1 rout of Brentford at St Mary’s.