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Aaron Connolly back in action during a Republic of Ireland training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown yesterday

Aaron Connolly back in action during a Republic of Ireland training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown yesterday

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Aaron Connolly back in action during a Republic of Ireland training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown yesterday

The FAI last night confirmed 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

Stephen Kenny’s squad had already delayed their departure to Helsinki by 24 hours to allow the Irish camp to deal with the outcome of Covid tests conducted on Sunday evening.

The first player who tested positive on Sunday and the four other players deemed to be his close contacts are not in the squad for this morning’s flight to Helsinki.

There was a further blow to Kenny’s plans yesterday when it emerged that there was a second positive test from the playing squad, from a round of testing conducted by UEFA.

Noting that a positive test for an FAI staff member was then reclassed as a false positive, the player yesterday underwent a retest, which was negative.

However, subsequently, after a third test, the player has been ruled out of the Finland game after a third test showed up positive.

Kenny did receive one definite piece of good news yesterday when Brighton agreed to release Aaron Connolly again.

Connolly and team-mate Adam Idah had returned to their clubs and while Norwich were first up to re-release Idah, there were fears that the Seagulls would not allow Connolly return. But he did link up and trained in Dublin yesterday.

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