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Ireland U21 qualifier in doubt as two more Italian players test positive for Covid-19

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Newly appointed Republic of Ireland U-21 manager Jim Crawford. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Newly appointed Republic of Ireland U-21 manager Jim Crawford. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Newly appointed Republic of Ireland U-21 manager Jim Crawford. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Ireland's U-21 Euro qualifier away to Italy on Tuesday is almost certain to be called off after today's game between the Italians and Iceland in Reykjavik was postponed shortly before kickoff due to positive tests for Covid-19 in the Italian camp.

Jim Crawford's side, currently top of the qualifying table, three points ahead of the Italians, are due to play the Azzurri in Pisa on Tuesday.

But ahead of this evening's game between Iceland and Italy in Reykjavik, three members of the Italian camp, including two players, tested positive and the match was called off.

"The Euro qualifier between Italy U21 and their Icelandic counterparts, which was due to be played today at the Víkingsvöllur Stadium in Reykjavik, has been postponed after local authorities asked the Italian delegation to go into quarantine," the Italian FA said on Friday.

"Two players and a member of staff of the Under-21 side tested positive for COVID-19 after a swab test undertaken upon arrival at the airport. The entire squad arrived in Iceland yesterday and yielded negative results in each of the three tests carried out in Italy at the start of the training camp."

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