The Irish player who tested positive to Covid 19 before a second test turned negative is now out of the squad for Wednesday’s Nations League game against Finland after a third test came positive.
The tephen Kenny squad had already delayed their departure to Helsinki by 24 hours to allow the Irish camp to deal with the outcome of the Covid tests on Sunday evening.
The FAI hoped to get permission from UEFA and HSE to allow the unnamed player, who had tested positive for Covid-19 but then tested negative in a retest on behalf of the FAI, to compete in the Nations League clash with Finland.
But the Association confirmed late last night that a third test came back positive. Crucially, no other player is considered a close contact, so Kenny will only be one man behind due to the latest developments.
“The FAI can confirm that the player who initially tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday evening is now out of the Irish squad for the UEFA Nations League game in Finland, after the second of two tests on Monday yielded a positive result,” said one. statement.
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 isolate himself for the next 10 days according to HSE guidelines. No members of the Irish squad or the backroom team have been identified as close contacts of the player. “
Kenny did receive some good news yesterday when Brighton agreed to release Aaron Connolly for international service.
Connolly and teammate Adam Idah had returned to their clubs and flown from Bratislava to England on a private plane. And while Norwich was the first to re-release Idah, there were fears the Seagulls wouldn’t allow Connolly to return, but he did rejoin and trained in Dublin yesterday.