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Football: Ireland striker Long to miss Portugal game due to COVID-19

Football: Ireland striker Long to miss Portugal game due to COVID-19

AFC Bournemouth's Shane Long reacts after the match. (Photo: Action Images/Matthew Childs)

Ireland forward Shane Long will miss their World Cup qualifier against Portugal later on Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19, the country's Football Association (FAI) said.

"Striker Shane Long has tested positive for COVID-19," the FAI said in a statement on Twitter. "The player has been isolated from the group as per COVID-19 protocols ahead of tonight's qualifier against Portugal."

Ireland play Azerbaijan on Saturday and Serbia on Tuesday.

Source: Reuters

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