Matt Doherty and James McClean test positive for Covid-19

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UEFA Nations League, Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales 15/11/2020 Wales vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's James McClean dejected after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
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Stephen Kenny has been dealt another blow as Republic of Ireland internationals Matt Doherty and James McClean have tested positive for Covid-19.

Callum Robinson and Alan Browne have already left the squad following positive coronavirus tests.

Doherty and McClean have been isolated from the group as per Covid-19 protocols and the HSE has been informed.

The rest of the staff and squad tested negative ahead of the flight back to Dublin this morning before the UEFA Nations League match against Bulgaria on Wednesday.

UEFA Nations League, Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales 15/11/2020 Wales vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's Matt Doherty ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Kenny's tough start continued yesterday as Ireland lost 1-0 to Wales in Cardiff following a David Brooks goal. Both Doherty and McClean played the full 90 minutes.

Jeff Hendrick will also be unavailable for the Bulgaria clash after he was sent off late on in yesterday's game.

Ireland will look to end a difficult Nations League campaign on a high with a victory against Bulgaria, who are also without a win in the tournament.

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In total, 12 players named in the original squad will be unavailable, with Hendrick and Jayson Molumby both suspended.

Seamus Coleman, Enda Stevens, Aaron Connolly, Alan Browne, James McCarthy, Callum Robinson, John Egan, Harry Arter, Matt Doherty, James McClean, Jayson Molumby and Jeff Hendrick are all unavailable.

UPDATE:

Adam Idah is the latest addition to the growing injury list as the Norwich City striker has now been ruled out of the Bulgaria clash.

Kenny has called up four reinforcements to boost his squad for the game.

Shamrock Rovers stars Aaron McEneff and Graham Burke join their club teammate Jack Byrne in the squad while Jack Taylor and Troy Parrott will move up from the Under-21 squad.

 

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