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Ireland's U21 qualifier in doubt following more COVID cases in Italian squad


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The Republic of Ireland's crucial U21 European Championship qualifier with Italy next week is in jeopardy. 

Friday night's Group 1 meeting of Iceland and Italy has been postponed after two Italian players and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

Those positive results came from swabs carried out on Thursday following the Azzurrinini's arrival into Iceland.

According to the Italian football federation (FIGC) the Icelandic authorities have requested that the entire Italy squad quarantine.

Jim Crawford's Ireland U21s are due to play Italy in Pisa on Tuesday.

Ireland sit top of Group 1 on 16-points, three clear of Italy but with a game more played.

Neither the FIGC or UEFA have issued an update on whether or not Tuesday's game goes ahead, but it would seem unlikely it can be played.

Republic of Ireland U21 Squad
Goalkeepers: 
Gavin Bazunu (Rochdale, on loan from Manchester City), Ed McGinty (Sligo Rovers)
Defenders: Nathan Collins (Stoke City), Darragh Leahy (Dundalk), Conor Masterson (Queens Park Rangers), Conor McCarthy (St. Mirren), Danny McNamara (St Johnstone, on loan from Millwall), Lee O’Connor (Tranmere Rovers, on loan from Celtic), Thomas O’Connor (Southampton), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Liam Scales (Shamrock Rovers)
Midfielders: Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Will Ferry (Southampton), Jason Knight (Derby County), Daniel Mandroiu (Bohemians), Connor Ronan (Grasshopper Zurich, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Will Smallbone (Southampton), Jack Taylor (Peterborough United)
Attackers: Jonathan Afolabi (Dundee, on loan from Celtic), Zach Elbouzedi (Lincoln City), Neil Farrugia (Shamrock Rovers), Joshua Kayode (Carlisle United, on loan from Rotherham United), Michael Obafemi (Southampton)


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