The duo started Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Wales in Cardiff but are now isolated from the rest of the squad, who returned to Dublin on Monday.
A statement from the Football Association of Ireland said: “The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that Irish defender Matt Doherty and striker James McClean have tested positive for Covid-19.
“The players have been isolated from the group according to the Covid-19 protocols, and the HSE has been informed of this development.
Football Association of Ireland can confirm Matt Doherty and James McClean have tested positive for COVID-19
– FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 16, 2020
“The rest of the staff and team tested negative ahead of the flight back to Dublin this morning ahead of the UEFA Nations League game against Bulgaria on Wednesday. ”
The development presents a new headache for manager Stephen Kenny, who has already lost Callum Robinson and Alan Browne to positive tests this month.
With Seamus Coleman, Enda Stevens and John Egan missing due to injury and James McCarthy withdrawing from the squad for family reasons, Kenny’s resources were further depleted at Cardiff City Stadium by Jeff Hendrick’s red card and the reservation which will see fellow midfielder Jayson Molumby join. him on the suspension list against Bulgaria.
Ireland need to avoid defeat at Aviva Stadium to ensure they don’t finish bottom of Group B4 and suffer relegation.
Scottish U21 staff member tests positive for coronavirus
A member of Scotland U21’s backstage staff has tested positive for Covid-19.
The individual tested positive on Sunday and did not travel to Greece for Tuesday’s qualifying.
Another staff member has been identified as close contact and will self-isolate for 14 days. The SFA says no other staff or players were affected.
A statement read: ‘The Scottish FA can confirm that a Scottish backroom staff member under the age of 21 returned a positive COVID-19 test on Sunday, November 15.
“The staff member had tested negative in three previous rounds of testing and did not travel to Greece for the final qualifier for Euro 2021 Under-21 in Scotland. They will self-isolate for 10 days.
“All other in-game and non-player staff tested negative in this latest round of testing.
‘Another backstage staff member has been considered close contact by the Scottish Government and will self-isolate for 14 days. “