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DUFFY IN VIRUS SCARE

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CELTIC defender Shane Duffy has been involved in a virus scare after Republic of Ireland team-mate Alan Browne tested positive for Covid-19 – after playing against England last night.

The Preston midfielder, who played the entire game at Wembley, has been isolated from the rest of the group ahead of Sunday’s Nations League fixture against Wales in Cardiff.

Browne is the second Ireland player to give a positive result this week, with West Brom striker Callum Robinson having missed the England game for the same reason.

Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah had to sit out last month’s Euro 2020 play-off semi-final in Slovakia as close contacts of a member of staff who later tested positive on the flight to Bratislava, while four more players were withdrawn on the squad’s return to Dublin.

Duffy, on loan at the champions from Brighton for the season, skippered his nation against Gareth Southgate’s side and was also on the pitch for the full 90 minutes-plus.

A statement said: “The Football Association of Ireland can confirm Ireland midfielder Alan Browne has tested positive for COVID-19.

“The player has been isolated from the group as per COVID-19 protocols, and the HSE and UEFA have been informed of this development.

“There are no close contacts of the player and the rest of the staff and squad tested negative ahead of Sunday’s UEFA Nations League fixture against Wales in Cardiff.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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