Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has said he will not rush Danny Ings’ return to action and remains hopeful the striker will extend his contract with the club.
has been in self-isolation since netting the winner against former clubLiverpool
on January 4 after testing positive for Covid-19.
Although the 28-year-old is available now, manager
has vowed he will not feature against
on Tuesday in the rescheduled third-round FA Cup game.
“(He will be out of the Shrewsbury match) just because he has missed training,”
the Austrian said
“We want to prepare him and build him up. He worked at home a little bit but it is not the same as being on the pitch with us and training with us.
“That is the reason why we need to give him time. Because of the risk of another injury, I don’t want to take (risks). I want to build him up a little bit and then when he is ready, he can play.”
The England international’s current deal expires in 2022. And the boss admits the financial problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic were making things “tricky”.
“It is (difficult) for us as a club to sub him or to use somebody who is at the same level as he is, so this is also why we really tried to extend his contract, this is not a surprise and not a secret.”
“But, as always, we are in the negotiation. We have at the moment a tricky situation for every club in the Premier League.
“Danny chose to be with us, he wants to be with the club and we know that he’s an important player for us, and I’m still hoping that we find an agreement and then finally he stays with us.