Republic of Ireland have FIVE players ruled out of Nations League clash with Wales just hours before kick-off after an unnamed star tested positive for Covid-19
- An unnamed star tested positive after returning home from Slovakia on Friday
- Four other players deemed to have been close contacts have been withdrawn
- John Egan, Callum Robinson, Callum O’Dowda and Alan Browne are to miss out
- The news comes just hours before their Nations League clash against Wales
Republic of Ireland have been hit by yet more Covid-19 chaos after five players were ruled out of Sunday’s Nations League game against Wales in Dublin.
The FAI have confirmed that one unnamed player has tested positive and that four others have been deemed as close contacts of the individual.
It is understood the four players are Sheffield United defender John Egan, Callum Robinson of West Brom, Preston’s Alan Browne and Callum O’Dowda of Bristol City.
Stephen Kenny has a selection headache after the news that five players have been pulled out
That quartet – plus the infected player – will now have to enter a period of self-isolation and are likely to miss forthcoming club fixtures. They have also been ruled out of Ireland’s trip to Finland on Wednesday.
This latest Covid-related setback comes after strikers Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah were forced to miss last Thursday’s Euro 2020 playoff defeat in Slovakia after sitting too close on the team’s aeroplane to a member of staff who later tested positive. The players, it was later revealed, were sat in the wrong seats on the plane.
However, in a fresh twist, the FAI say that test result may have been a ‘false positive’. They are now discussing the issue with Uefa.
Callum Robinson and John Egan are two of the players who are set to miss the Wales clash
Brighton forward Connolly would have started against Slovakia but the Irish Health Service Executive insisted that he must self-isolate after reviewing the seating plan from the team’s flight to Bratislava.
It revealed that the 20-year-old was 1.9 metres away from the individual who later returned a positive test.
The FAI spent most of Thursday appealing to the HSE to have their instruction overturned, but that request was denied on the grounds that Connolly was within two metres of the individual for more than two hours.
Norwich’s Idah, meanwhile, was 1.7m away and the pair have since returned to the UK.
If the ‘false positive’ is proven then it could free them to play in their upcoming club matches.
The news comes days after strikers Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah were also withdrawn
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