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James McClean contracts Covid-19

James McClean

REPUBLIC of Ireland international James McClean has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Stoke City winger was one of two Ireland players to test positive for the virus after their 1-0 defeat against Wales on Sunday.

Spurs defender Matt Doherty was the other player found to have contracted the virus.

Other squad members and backroom staff were tested and returned negative results before they flew back to Dublin yesterday in advance of the Republic's game against Bulgaria on Wednesday.

McClean's diagnosis comes just three days after Preston and Republic midfielder Alan Browne also tested positive.

His result came days after he played against England at Wembley, a game missed by an unnamed squad player who tested positive two days earlier.

McClean will now go into isolation for 10 days and is expected to miss the next two games for Stoke and the Republic's fixture with Bulgaria.

The squad has been badly hit by other coronavirus cases in recent weeks.

Last month Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah were forced to sit out the Republic's Euro 2020 play-off semi-final in Slovakia as a result of being in close contact with a staff member who tested on the flight to Bratislava.

That test result was later shown to be a false positive.

Another player Jack Byrne also tested positive for the virus ahead of the squad's clash with Wales last month resulting in a several players having to withdraw from the game as they were deemed to be close contacts.

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