Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny lost five players just before Sunday’s Nations League clash against Wales after a positive coronavirus test in the squad.
The Irish Football Association have announced that an anonymous player tested positive just three days after Republic forwards Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah missed the Euro 2020 play-off loss to Slovakia due to what is now believed to be a false positive test.
Following Sunday’s positive test, four Irish players considered to be close contacts were dismissed from their posts.
“Stephen Kenny’s Irish side tested positive for Covod-19 ahead of the Nations League match against Wales at Aviva Stadium, after UEFA’s final round of testing,” said a FAI press release.
“A player – who cannot be named at the moment – tested positive on Friday after testing negative on Monday but his case is in no way related to that of the behind-the-scenes team member who tested positive on Monday latest.
“Discussions with HSE late at night identified four other players as close contacts of this positive case and they have been removed from the day’s squad for today’s game against Wales. ”
Kenny was only able to name seven substitutes, including two goalkeepers, for the Wales game, with Blackburn defender Derrick Williams also absent from the 18-man squad.
Speaking ahead of the game, Kenny told Sky Sports: “We got some results around midnight last night, so five of the players are not available today.
“To be honest with you, we haven’t had any coronavirus in the camp at all – the previous case was a false positive, so all of the other arrangements we made were wasted, really, because it was a false positive. , so this is the first case we’ve had, we haven’t had it at all.
“Unfortunately, we had one case and four close contacts on the flight. Four that would have started today, in fact, in the team we chose came out today, so that’s it. We just have to fight. with that. “
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