Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuettl has been cleared to return to the dugout for Monday’s game at home against Liverpool after completing a period of self-isolation, the Premier League club said.

He isolated following a positive COVID-19 test in his household and the 53-year-old took charge of Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with West Ham United via video link.

Hasenhuettl’s wife had tested positive on December 28, Southampton said in a statement, but the result was examined and flagged as a potential false positive. Each member of the Austrian’s household was then tested twice and all of the results came back negative.

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“We are confident that the original test was a false positive and Ralph has been cleared to return to Staplewood and take training from January 1,” Southampton said.

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