By Craig Hope for the Daily Mail
Published: 00:16 GMT, 18 November 2020 | Updated: 01:04 GMT, 18 November 2020
Republic of Ireland players fear for the health of family members amid the Covid-19 chaos of the national team.
Conor Hourihane admits they are waking up wondering if they will be next to test positive after four cases in the past week. The Aston Villa midfielder has already lost a family member to the disease and has concerns for his pregnant wife.
Boss Stephen Kenny has revealed that West Brom’s Callum Robinson brought the infection into camp ahead of last Thursday’s friendly with England, after which Preston’s Alan Browne tested positive. Robinson entered the Ireland bubble despite two of his club-mates testing positive just days earlier.
Conor Hourihane admits the recent positive tests for coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland squad have left him fearing for the health of his family including his pregnant wife
Spurs defender Matt Doherty and Stoke winger James McClean were also then infected and returned positive tests following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat in Wales.
Goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly, who suffers from asthma, then revealed that he did not want to travel with the squad to Dublin ahead of Wednesday's Nations League game against Bulgaria.
This comes on the back of the fiasco of last month’s international break when Ireland lost strikers Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah for their Euro 2020 playoff defeat in Slovakia. They sat in the wrong seats on the team flight and were too close to a staff member who then tested positive - although that