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Fulham Coach Scott Parker will be absent for Southampton

last updated Thursday 24th December 2020, 5:16 PM

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Fulham boss Scott Parker will be absent for his side's Boxing Day clash at home to Southampton after a member of his household tested positive for COVID-19.

The former West Ham and Tottenham midfielder has endured a tough season so far as he bids to steer the Cottagers away from relegation danger, but the team have been dealt a blow after news he has been forced to isolate.

Assistant manager Stuart Gray and coach Matt Wells will manage the team in Parker's place for the visit of high-flying Southampton at St Mary's, the club have confirmed.

While Parker has returned a negative result, he will still have to sit the game out in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.

He will hope to return for the Whites in their next game - a trip to London rivals Tottenham on December 30, so long as he does not test positive for coronavirus before that fixture.

Fulham FC statement:
'The Club can confirm that Scott Parker will not be in the dugout for our home fixture against Southampton on Boxing Day.

'Following a member of his household testing positive for Covid-19, and despite returning a negative result, Scott has been self-isolating this week in accordance with the guidance.

'Matt Wells and Stuart Gray will take charge of the team on Saturday. 'Subject to returning a further negative result, Scott Parker will return to the dugout for our away fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on 30 December.'

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