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Football | Ireland player tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of England clash

A Republic of Ireland player has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Thursday's international friendly against England at Wembley Stadium.

The unnamed player, who is "asymptomatic and feeling well", had no close contacts in the group.

According to the FAI, the rest of the Ireland squad and staff have tested negative for the virus.

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

"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 and squad tested negative ahead of Thursday's international friendly against England."

Last month, a number of Ireland players had to withdraw from the UEFA Nations League match against Wales after Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne tested positive for the virus.

Forwards Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah also missed the crucial Euro 2021 play-off semi-final against Slovakia in Bratislava after being deemed close contacts to a member of staff who had also tested positive, though a later test revealed it was a false positive.

The Boys in Green take on the Three Lions on Thursday in the English capital, with Stephen Kenny still searching for his maiden win as Ireland manager.

Ireland will then travel to Wales in the Nations League on Sunday, before hosting Bulgaria at the Aviva Stadium three days later.

See who has been included in Kenny's 29-man squad here.


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