Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes international trips are “nonsense” during the pandemic.
, who is going to play for Japan against South Korea, is not the onlySouthampton
player who is making long journeys for international games during the pandemic and before their Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final match against Bournemouth.
is another example who is going to Scotland as he has been named in Scotland’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers.
According to the current coronavirus guidelines, people who are arrived from red-list travel-ban countries have to spend 10 days in hotel confinement. However, due to the special circumstances for elite athletes, FIFA has given clubs travel dispensation.
believes international trips are “nonsense” during the pandemic and admits that there is little Southampton can do and just hopes that the players return fit for duty when Premier League action resumes again.
"I expect that (Minamino's trip) to happen, although there are some big journeys and long travels there, which I do not like to see, but it is how it is, and a few more players are going also," Hasenhuttl said.
"To be honest, when you see how difficult traveling is at the moment, what loops they have to jump through when coming back to be available for us again, this is for me a little bit nonsense.
"We are not allowed to leave the country for any reason, and then they are flying all over the world in such a pandemic, I cannot see a reason why you should do this.
"But it is like it is, and we have to accept it. I can only accept it if then the players are after available for us and our game, this is hopefully the fact."