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Ireland women's manager Vera Pauw expecting Euro qualifiers to go ahead despite coronavirus outbreak

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Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Vera Pauw insists it's business as usual for her Ireland side this week, despite concerns over coronavirus ahead of a European Championship qualifying double-header.

The Republic of Ireland women's side host Greece in Dublin on Thursday, with a second game away to Montenegro next Wednesday, and the FAI position is that despite postponements or disruption to league games in countries like Italy and Switzerland, the qualifiers will go ahead.

"We take the advice of the health service," says Pauw. "There comes a moment when you feel if it's not close to you, it becomes a marketing issue. We just go with the advice of the health service, they monitor it and they say to act as normal."

Pauw is finalising her squad for the home game with Greece, likely to have a record attendance for a women's international in Ireland, and she will be without Megan Campbell due to injury but Aine O'Gorman is set to return, having come out of international retirement.

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