The Tyrone District Board has confirmed that “a number of players” are self-isolating pending Covid-19 tests. This follows positive tests on senior football committee members and county management ahead of the Ulster Championship final last weekend in Croke Park.
After a series of late cancellations for that game against Monaghan, in which Tyrone won the first Ulster title in four years, the board said it had decided to have all panelists and management tested for the virus.
Assistant Manager Fergal Logan was unable to attend the Ulster Finals and players Frank Burns, Rory Brennan, Tiernan McCann and Richie Donnellly were all late losses from the panel.
In response to media reports of additional cases and a possible threat to next Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-finals against Kerry, the Tyrone board of directors released a brief statement confirming that board members and mentors had been tested for Covid.
“While waiting for the results of these tests, a number of players are isolating themselves; All results are expected to be known by Monday and then preparations can be made for the upcoming All-Ireland semi-final with Kerry, ”the statement said.
“For the past week, Tyrone GAA has continued to fully comply with the guidelines and guidelines issued by the Health Department and Croke Park.”
Those players who missed the Ulster final are believed to have resumed training last Tuesday in preparation for the Kerry game.
Covid has already had an impact on the Inter-County Championship as Dublin hurlers faced deductions prior to their final loss to Kilkenny at Leinster. Mayo footballers were also affected, but no game had to be postponed. Last year, Sligo had to withdraw from the championship because of Covid cases in their camp.