Alabama football coach Nick Saban is set to return to the sidelines this weekend after announcing that he has cleared all COVID-19 protocols and will travel with the Crimson Tide team on Friday ahead of the clash with LSU.
Alabama (8-0) will face LSU (3-4) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in an SEC clash on Saturday.
Saban tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 24 and missed the win over Auburn last weekend, but revealed that he will make the trip for the clash with the Tigers.
“I’ll be there,” Saban said on his radio show Thursday night. “I’m good. I think my time is up. I’m ready to get back in the swing of things.”
SEC protocols call for a minimum 10-day quarantine, making Friday the earliest Saban could return to activity, according to reports.
Saban stated that he had only minor symptoms of the coronavirus, noting that a runny nose was most visible. He said he received an IV treatment last week that “worked wonders” and he is now feeling great and looking forward to getting back to coaching.
“Whatever was in this plasma deal, it knocked it out in one day,” he said. “From Thursday on, I’ve felt great and 100 percent. I would certainly recommend that treatment for anybody that could get it.”
No. 1 Alabama takes its undefeated and impressive form this on the road to the Tiger Stadium to play LSU, hoping to seal a place in the College Football Playoff and continued its march toward a national title this year.
LSU won the College Football Playoff Championship last year but has been having a difficult year rebuilding.