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kenny blow Another positive Covid-19 test hits the Ireland squad as Niall Quinn gives his verdict on international football chaos


Ireland manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Sportsfile

The Republic of Ireland squad has been hit by another positive Covid-19 test ahead of Thursday's friendly international against England at Wembley.

All Ireland players were tested before they met up for international duty, but a statement on Tuesday evening confirmed a positive test in the camp.

"The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that one member of the senior men's international team has tested positive for COVID-19," read an FAI statement.

"The player has been isolated from the group as per COVID-19 protocols, and the HSE and UEFA have been informed of this development. The player is asymptomatic and feeling well.

"There are no close contacts of the player and the rest of the staff & squad tested negative ahead of Thursday's international friendly against England."

The latest positive test follows last month's chaotic international meet-up that saw strikers Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah miss the vital Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia after being in 'close contact' with someone in the travelling Ireland party that tested positive for Covid-19.

That proved to be a false positive test, but there were further issues in the squad that impacted manager Stephen Kenny's plans and now another positive test has been confirmed.

Speaking exclusively to the sundayworld.com, former Ireland striker Niall Quinn admitted the Covid-19 crisis is testing international squads to the limit, but he insists the games need to be played.

"It is a tough time to be playing international football and while I feel we need to keep playing the games if we can, we can see the challenges," the Virgin Media Sport analyst told us.

"What we saw on the last international break confirms it is a challenge for so nations. The Ireland squad were stretched to the limit by what happened with Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah and it was not just the Ireland squad affected.

"Taking players out of their club bubbles and trying to make it work when they travel all over the world is tough at this moment, but we have to try and get these games played somehow."

Virgin Media Sport will screen highlights of England vs Republic of Ireland at 10pm on Thursday.

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