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Linfield Football Club confirm player has tested positive for Covid-19

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Windsor Park, Belfast

Windsor Park, Belfast

Windsor Park, Belfast

Linfield, the reigning champions of Northern Ireland, confirmed on Tuesday evening that a member of their squad had tested positive for coronavirus.

"This club is taking advice from the relevant authorities and will provide an update when we have further details," the Danske Bank Premiership leaders announced on their website.

The club also confirmed the postponement of tomorrow night’s Linfield Swifts v Carrick Rangers reserve game.

The Irish FA added in a statement: "Having been made aware that an individual, who recently used some of the facilities at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, has subsequently tested positive for Covid-19, the Irish FA has taken the decision to conduct a deep clean of the premises with immediate effect as a precautionary measure.

"We have instructed staff members to work from home for the next 48 hours and will continue to update them, as well as our partners based at the stadium, regularly."

There is the potential for a play-off final in the Belfast stadium on March 31 between Ireland and Northern Ireland should both teams win their semi-finals. It was announced earlier that Ireland's game in Slovakia will take place behind closed doors while ticket sales for Northern Ireland's clash in Bosnia were suspended by the Bosnian FA.

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