West Brom striker Callum Robinson pulls out of Republic of Ireland squad ahead of friendly with England after testing positive for coronavirus… but boss Stephen Kenny insists he does not feel ‘cursed’ despite Euro 2020 heartache
- Callum Robinson has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad
- The West Brom striker returned a positive coronavirus test on Wednesday
- Manager Stephen Kenny insisted he does not feel cursed after the news
Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny has insisted he does not feel cursed after losing striker Callum Robinson to a positive coronavirus test on the eve of the friendly clash with England.
The West Brom striker is self-isolating a month after a series of positive Covid-19 results wrecked Kenny’s plans for the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final clash with Slovakia and the Nations League fixtures against Wales and Finland.
Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah were forced to miss Ireland’s defeat in Slovakia after sitting too close on the team’s aeroplane to a member of staff who later tested positive for coronavirus.
Callum Robinson has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad after testing positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday
Manager Stephen Kenny insists he doesn’t feel cursed after positive tests wrecked his preparations for the Euro play-off defeat to Slovakia last month
Asked if he felt cursed, the Ireland manager said: ‘No, absolutely not. This is the way of the world at the moment. People are talking about a vaccine being imminent and 90 per cent proof, all that sort of headlines there have been recent days, so hopefully this situation is temporary throughout the world.
‘In Callum’s case, he came in and on the first test he’s tested positive. He wasn’t feeling unwell, so it’s just unfortunate for him, really.’
The players, it was later revealed, were sat in the wrong seats on the plane.
Kenny will also be without Aaron Connolly after the winger picked up a hamstring injury
Connolly will again be missing after picking up a hamstring injury and Kenny admitted his absence, along with Robinson’s was a blow ahead of Thursday’s game and the Nations League double-header against Wales and Bulgaria.
He said: ‘It is the case that we’re disappointed, but you’ve got to deal with whatever comes your way.
‘We’re thrilled at a great three games for us, playing England at Wembley, playing Wales in Cardiff and playing back in the Aviva Stadium against Bulgaria.
‘Three games in six days is terrific and terrific games to play in for the players, so we’re looking forward to the games.’
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