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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:

“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.”

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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