FAI confirm that a Republic of Ireland player has tested positive for COVID-19
Stephen Kenny’s Ireland squad has received one positive COVID-19 test result ahead of today’s Nations League game against Wales at the Aviva Stadium, after the latest round of UEFA testing.
The player – who the FAI says cannot be named at this time - tested positive on Friday after a negative test on Monday.
The FAI also says that his case is not related in any way to that of the backroom team member who tested positive on Monday last.
The statement also says that: "Talks with the HSE late last night identified four other players as close contacts of this positive case and they have been stood down from the matchday squad for today’s game against Wales."
In a separate development, the FAI said that the staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 in Bratislava on Wednesday, may have received a ‘false positive’ result.
Two further tests carried out on the individual on Saturday have confirmed no trace of COVID-19.
The HSE and UEFA have been informed of this result.
The FAI will now discuss the issue with UEFA.