Republic of Ireland player retires from squad after second positive coronavirus...

A player from the Republic of Ireland withdrew from the squad after recording a second positive coronavirus test within three days, just hours after receiving a negative result.

The FAI (Football Association of Ireland) announced that it would open an investigation after the player in question tested positive on Sunday but negative on Monday.

A second positive test in three days has forced him to retire from Stephen Kenny’s roster and is required to self-isolate for 10 days according to government guidelines.


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The player, who has not yet been named, will miss the Irish UEFA Nations League game against Finland on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, October 14th, 4:30 p.m.

Start at 5:00 p.m.

The FAI confirmed in a statement Tuesday morning that the player had not come into close contact with any of his teammates or employees in the back room.

A statement said: “The FAI can confirm that the player who initially tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday evening has now been eliminated from the Irish squad for the UEFA Nations League game in Finland after the second of two Tests on Monday gave a positive result.

“The player – who cannot be named – received a positive result in a UEFA test on Sunday, followed by a negative result in a second test on Monday morning.

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“A third test has now turned out positive and the player will self-isolate for the next 10 days according to HSE guidelines. No members of the Irish squad or backroom team have been identified as close contacts with the player.

“Irish coach Stephen Kenny will not be calling up a replacement for the Finnish game given this news. HSE and UEFA will be informed of the latest positive result and the withdrawal of the player from the Irish squad. ”

Aaron Connolly (left) and Adam Idah were originally named on the bench
Aaron Connolly (left) and Adam Idah were initially named on the bench against Slovakia before retiring

The news comes after the employee was revealed whose test in Slovakia that resulted in Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah’s withdrawal from the Euro 2020 play-off semi-finals on Thursday night was false positive.

It’s not the first example of coronavirus logs severely affecting manager Kenny’s plans over the past week.

John Egan, Callum Robinson, Callum O’Dowda, Alan Browne and Derrick Williams all missed their match against Wales in Dublin after another unnamed player tested positive.

Connolly has since received permission to rejoin the Republic of Ireland roster.

Kenny: Coronavirus is bigger than exercise

At his pre-game press conference in Helsinki, Kenny saw the big picture.

He said, “Look, there are people who are far worse than us. This coronavirus has killed thousands of people across Europe and greater numbers around the world, so it was bigger than sport. ”

“That worked for us. For example, we missed eight players in the past week due to contact tracing. So that was important. ”

“We had eight players the other day who were missing from contact tracing against Wales and we didn’t have David McGoldrick and James McCarthy injured and we already had Seamus Coleman, Harry Arter and Darragh Lenihan from the original squad, so we 13 players were not available for the game against Wales.

“Given that, the players have done remarkably well. Given that 13 players were not available, I think they did really well and it is unfortunate not to really win. ”

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