Aaron Connolly ruled out of all three Ireland games along with Callum Robinson 2 weeks ago

Aaron Connolly ruled out of all three Ireland games along with Callum Robinson

The curse goes on.

Stephen Kenny is looking for his first victory as Ireland manager and that hasn't been made easy with the bit-part squads he's been patching together as he goes.

To make matters worse, someone decided to organise a game against England ahead of the Nations League clashes with Wales and Bulgaria. Imagine it, the unbelievable Jack Grealish ripping his old football nation apart to tee up two more competitive matches for Kenny to look forward to.

And now, Aaron Connolly has been ruled out again.

So has Callum Robinson.

And, oh, David McGoldrick has retired.

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So you're down your three best attackers and your two best underage players of the last 20 years will now be playing against you on Thursday night in Wembley.

The FAI broke the news in a statement whilst confirming that Callum Robinson has tested positive for Covid-19.

Sean Maguire has returned to the squad and Ryan Manning has also received a call-up.

'Republic of Ireland striker Aaron Connolly has been ruled out of the England, Wales and Bulgaria fixtures through injury,' the statement read.

'The Brighton and Hove Albion forward will miss the three matches through an injury sustained in training yesterday and Preston North End striker Sean Maguire has been called up as a replacement. 

'Striker Callum Robinson has now been confirmed as the COVID-19 positive case in the Ireland camp and will also miss the three matches.

'Swansea City's Ryan Manning has been called up and will link up with the squad ahead of the Wales match on Sunday.'