Medical expert: Southampton using high-tech solution amid 'worrying' Redmond predicament
Southampton will likely use GPS tracking to monitor the fitness levels of Nathan Redmond while he self-isolates.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Redmond did not make the matchday squad as the Saints beat Aston Villa 1-0 on 5 September.
The 27-year-old wide man had up until that point missed just one of Southampton’s league matches in 2021-22.
As per Hampshire Live after the Villa win, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed: “Nathan tested positive but he is fine and he is at home.”
Dinnery suggests that Redmond can maintain his fitness at home if he escapes Covid’s “worrying” respiratory symptoms.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Ralph Hasenhuttl is always fairly guarded in the information he releases.
“All he has said is that Redmond is fine. If he is asymptomatic, he’ll be working towards that base level of fitness.
“Most players have home gym facilities nowadays. He could be doing some bike work or on the treadmill.
“But if he is feeling the effects of the virus, it may be that he isn’t able to do anything at all.
“We know that it does affect the respiratory system to varying degrees. That can be worrying for a professional athlete.
“You’re never going to replicate that training environment at home, so it’s just a case of doing what you can.
“He will be tracked from the sports science department vis GPS. There will be a programme in place that will be tailored around how he’s feeling.
“Once he’s cleared, hopefully he can seamlessly transition back into that competitive environment.”