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Kerry stand down players due to positive Covid test

Kerry have stood down a number of players for their All-Ireland under-20 semi-final with Galway due to a positive Covid-19 test in their camp

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Kerry management has taken the decision to stand down a number of players for their All-Ireland under-20 semi-final clash with Galway due to a positive Covid-19 test in their camp.

Kerry management has taken the decision to stand down a number of players for their All-Ireland under-20 semi-final clash with Galway due to a positive Covid-19 test in their camp.

The game is set for throw-in at LIT Gaelic Grounds on Saturday at 4pm, with the Kingdom now shorthanded as they chase a first title at this grade (then Under-21) since 2008.

Kerry defeated Cork by 0-17 to 1-9 in the Munster final on Wednesday March 4 at Austin Stack Park Tralee, but tomorrow’s task for manager John Sugrue — in his first season in charge after a spell with the Laois senior footballers — has now been stiffened.

The statement from Kerry GAA on their website read:

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“A member of the Kerry U20 football Panel has tested positive for Covid-19.

“On receipt of this information and in advance of contract tracing by the HSE (Health Service Executive), the U20 Management have felt it prudent that a number of players who may have been in contact with the player should self-isolate.

“This decision by Management is taken in the interest of public health and these Panel members will only re-join the panel when deemed safe to do so by the HSE.

“The U20 Management and Panel have at all times strictly adhered to HSE and Public Health guidelines.”

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Fixtures
All-Ireland U20FC semi-finals

Dublin v Tyrone, Kingspan Breffni Park, 2.30pm
Galway v Kerry, LIT Gaelic Grounds, 4pm

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