Sunday 15 September 2019

Kenny in Swedish hospital after becoming ill at airport

 

Unwell: Stephen Kenny expects to be discharged from a Swedish hospital in the ‘coming days’. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Unwell: Stephen Kenny expects to be discharged from a Swedish hospital in the ‘coming days’. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

John Fallon

Ireland under-21 boss Stephen Kenny was admitted to hospital in Sweden after becoming unwell in the airport.

The coach had been complaining of feeling unwell in the hours leading up to being hospitalised on Wednesday afternoon.

The FAI yesterday confirmed that the under-21 manager, due for promotion to the senior post next summer, will remain in hospital for a few days following his health scare.

Following Tuesday night's epic 3-1 victory over the Swedes in Kalmar, Kenny, his staff and most of his players were travelling to Vaxjo Airport to catch a flight to Amsterdam on the first leg of their trip home.

It is understood the Dubliner felt sick overnight but his condition only became of concern as he entered the airport.

His players had already passed through the security channel when their manager sat down under the supervision of the FAI's medical staff. They then took a swift decision to seek further assistance at the local hospital.

An FAI statement read: "Republic of Ireland under-21 boss Stephen Kenny has remained in Sweden after becoming unwell on Wednesday as his squad made their way home from Tuesday night's European Championship qualifier in Kalmar.

"Stephen expects to be discharged in the coming days and is looking forward to beginning preparations ahead of the two European Under-21 Championship qualifiers next month," it said.

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