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Covid Chaos Ireland player ruled out against Finland after third test

Ireland have been beset by coronavirus issues over the last few days.

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Aaron Connolly has returned to the Republic of Ireland squad (Simon Cooper/PA)

Aaron Connolly has returned to the Republic of Ireland squad (Simon Cooper/PA)

Aaron Connolly has returned to the Republic of Ireland squad (Simon Cooper/PA)

The FAI confirmed last night that the player who initially tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday night is now out of the Ireland squad for the UEFA Nations League game in Finland, after the second of two tests on Monday produced a positive result.

The player – who cannot be named – had received a positive result from a UEFA test on Sunday followed by a negative result from a second test on Monday morning. A third test has now come back positive and the player will now self-isolate for the next 10 days as per HSE guidelines. No members of the Irish squad or the backroom team have been identified as close contacts of the player.

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny will not call up any replacements for the Finland fixture in light of this news. The HSE and UEFA will be informed of the latest positive result and the player’s withdrawal from the Irish squad.


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