Medical insider: Southampton implementing special measures after 'contamination'
Southampton have likely rolled out a set of special measures in order to limit “contamination” among players affected by a recent sickness outbreak.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
As relayed by the Daily Echo last Thursday (8 September), Ibrahima Diallo and Moi Elyounoussi recently missed training because of illness.
Both players are now understood to have resumed work at Staplewood.
The 23-year-old midfielder and 28-year-old forward will be available for selection ahead of the clash with Aston Villa on Friday (16 September).
The Saints were, like every Premier League side, forced to deal with several Covid outbreaks during the pandemic.
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Dinnery suggests that they will have drawn on that experience to limit the spread of the new bug.
“Clubs are a lot more vigilant since Covid, as are players and staff,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“It’s all about being able to manage these things. First and foremost, there are some obvious decisions. For example, you keep the players that aren’t feeling well away from the rest of the group. That can limit the spread.
“But internally, there will still be a lot of wiping down machines and limiting contact with backroom staff. You can also do things like limiting car sharing and maybe limiting exposure in changing rooms.
“All these things help to limit contamination. There is definitely a lot more understanding of this sort of thing nowadays.“