5 gamers have been dominated out of the Republic of Eire’s Nations League conflict with Wales on Sunday afternoon after considered one of them examined optimistic for coronavirus.
The Soccer Affiliation of Eire have confirmed one unnamed participant examined optimistic on Friday following the squad’s return from Slovakia after a adverse take a look at on Monday, and 4 others deemed to be shut contacts on Saturday evening – the PA information company understands to be John Egan, Callum Robinson, Callum O’Dowda and Alan Browne – have since been stood down.
An FAI assertion stated: “Stephen Kenny’s Eire squad has acquired one optimistic COVID-19 take a look at consequence forward of immediately’s Nations League recreation towards Wales on the Aviva Stadium, after the newest spherical of UEFA testing.
“A participant – who can’t be named presently – examined optimistic on Friday after a adverse take a look at on Monday however his case just isn’t associated in any technique to that of the backroom crew member who examined optimistic on Monday final.
“Talks with the HSE late final evening recognized 4 different gamers as shut contacts of this optimistic case and so they have been stood down from the matchday squad for immediately’s recreation towards Wales.”
The information comes three days after strikers Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah had been withdrawn from the squad – Connolly had been resulting from begin – hours earlier than the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final conflict with Slovakia, which Eire went on to lose 4-2 on penalties.
That call was taken after a non-football workers member had examined optimistic in Bratislava with each gamers having sat near him on the flight out of Dublin.
Nonetheless, the FAI has revealed that take a look at had truly produced a “false optimistic” consequence.
The assertion continued: “In a separate growth, the FAI can now reveal that the workers member who examined optimistic for COVID-19 in Bratislava on Wednesday, could have acquired a ‘false optimistic’ consequence.
“Two additional assessments carried out on the person on Saturday have confirmed no hint of COVID-19. The HSE and UEFA have been knowledgeable of this consequence. The FAI will now talk about the problem with UEFA.
“In gentle of those developments, the FAI needs to make it clear that it complied with all UEFA and HSE COVID-19 tips regarding the availability of gamers and the well-being of workers across the Slovakia v Republic of Eire fixture in Bratislava on Thursday evening.”
The event has left supervisor Stephen Kenny dealing with a significant reshuffle forward of the Wales recreation and the journey to Finland which follows on Wednesday night.
The assertion stated: “Supervisor Stephen Kenny will overview his choices for Wednesday’s UEFA Nations League recreation in Finland after immediately’s fixture towards Wales. The FAI will overview all COVID-19 protocols with UEFA and the HSE after the Finland recreation.”