Five Republic of Ireland gamers have been dominated out of Sunday’s Nations League match in opposition to Wales after one among them examined optimistic for coronavirus.
The participant in query examined unfavourable for the virus on Monday, earlier than returning a optimistic take a look at on Friday.
Four different gamers, who’ve been recognized as shut contacts with the person, have been stood down from Sunday’s match, based on an FAI assertion.
PA Media are reporting that the 4 different gamers are John Egan, Callum Robinson, Callum O’Dowda and Alan Browne.
The assertion learn: “Stephen Kenny’s Ireland squad has obtained one optimistic COVID-19 take a look at end result forward of right this moment’s Nations League recreation in opposition to Wales on the Aviva Stadium, after the most recent spherical of UEFA testing.
“A participant – who can’t be named right now – examined optimistic on Friday after a unfavourable take a look at on Monday however his case just isn’t associated in any method to that of the backroom crew member who examined optimistic on Monday final.
“Talks with the HSE late final night time recognized 4 different gamers as shut contacts of this optimistic case and so they have been stood down from the matchday squad for right this moment’s recreation in opposition to 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The information comes three days after strikers Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah had been withdrawn from the squad – Connolly had been resulting from begin – hours earlier than the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final conflict with Slovakia, which Ireland went on to lose 4-2 on penalties.
That resolution 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.
However, the FAI has revealed that take a look at had really produced a “false optimistic” end result.
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 obtained a ‘false optimistic’ end result.
“Two additional checks carried out on the person on Saturday have confirmed no hint of COVID-19. The HSE and UEFA have been knowledgeable of this end result. The FAI will now talk about the difficulty 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 in regards to the availability of gamers and the well-being of workers across the Slovakia v Republic of Ireland
fixture in Bratislava on Thursday night time.”
The growth has left supervisor Stephen Kenny going through a serious reshuffle forward of the Wales recreation and the journey to Finland which follows on Wednesday night.
The assertion mentioned: “Manager Stephen Kenny will overview his choices for Wednesday’s UEFA Nations League recreation in Finland after right this moment’s fixture in opposition to Wales. The FAI will overview all COVID-19 protocols with UEFA and the HSE after
the Finland recreation.”