Nations League: Five more Republic of Ireland players out of Wales game after new positive Covid-19 case

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The interior scene of the Aviva stadium on Sunday morning

Five other players from the Republic of Ireland are out of Sunday’s Nations League game against Wales after one of them tested positive for Covid-19.

The Irish Football Association said an unidentified player tested positive on Friday after testing negative last Monday.

Four other squad members identified as close contacts of the player were also removed from their posts for Sunday’s game.

Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah are already out due to a Covid issue.

They were due to play in Thursday’s Euro 2020 playoff game in Slovakia, but were excluded shortly before kick-off after being deemed to have been in close contact with a member of the Republic’s behind-the-scenes squad. who tested positive for Covid-19.

Manager Stephen Kenny appealed to Irish medical authorities over the duo’s exclusion from the match – that the Republic lost on penalties after a 0-0 draw – but that failed.

In another twist, the FAI statement said the staff member who tested positive in Bratislava on Wednesday may have received a “false positive” result.

The FAI said two tests carried out on the individual on Saturday “had not confirmed any trace of Covid-19”, adding that it would now “discuss the matter with UEFA”.

“In light of these developments, the FAI would like to make it clear that it has complied with all UEFA and HSE rules [Irish Health Service Executive] The Covid-19 guidelines regarding player availability and staff welfare around the Slovakia-Republic of Ireland game in Bratislava on Thursday evening. ”

Sunday again exhausted a side that have played all three games minus injured captain Seamus Coleman and are now ditched by Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick, who injured his thigh in the heartbreaking play loss. off from Thursday.

The Republic will face Finland in the Nations League on Wednesday evening.

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