The Republic of Eire have been with out FIVE gamers for Sunday’s Nations League conflict vs Wales after one member of the squad examined optimistic for coronavirus.
The Soccer Affiliation of Eire confirmed one unnamed participant examined optimistic on Friday following the squad’s return from Slovakia after a destructive take a look at on Monday, and 4 others deemed to be shut contacts on Saturday evening have since been stood down.
The information got here three days after strikers Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah have been withdrawn from the squad – Connolly had been resulting from begin – hours earlier than the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final conflict with Slovakia, which Eire went on to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.
An FAI assertion mentioned: “Stephen Kenny’s Eire squad has acquired one optimistic COVID-19 take a look at outcome forward of at this time’s Nations League recreation in opposition to Wales on the Aviva Stadium, after the newest spherical of UEFA testing.
“A participant – who can’t be named right now – examined optimistic on Friday after a destructive take a look at on Monday however his case just isn’t associated in any solution to that of the backroom workforce 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 at this time’s recreation in opposition to Wales.”
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Kenny needed to alter his plans accordingly having already misplaced Connolly and Idah, in addition to harm victims David McGoldrick, Seamus Coleman, Harry Arter and Darragh Lenihan.
In a recent twist, the FAI additionally confirmed that Connolly, who would have began the sport, and Idah may have performed in Bratislava in spite of everything, the place Eire suffered a 4-2 defeat on penalties following a goalless draw.
The pair have been withdrawn after a non-football member of employees examined optimistic following the squad’s arrival in Slovakia when it emerged that they’d been sitting inside two metres of him on the flight over.
Nonetheless, it has since emerged that that take a look at could have produced a ‘false optimistic’ outcome.
The assertion continued: “In a separate improvement, the FAI can now reveal that the employees member who examined optimistic for COVID-19 in Bratislava on Wednesday, could have acquired a ‘false optimistic’ outcome.
“Two additional exams carried out on the person on Saturday have confirmed no hint of COVID-19. The HSE and UEFA have been knowledgeable of this outcome. The FAI will now focus on the problem with UEFA.
“In mild 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 employees across the Slovakia v Republic of Eire fixture in Bratislava on Thursday evening.”
Wales did not capitalise on Eire’s a number of absences, nonetheless, as Eire held on for a 0-Zero draw – even after being diminished to 10 males when James McClean was despatched off within the closing ten minutes.