Newcastle United's Jeff Hendrick caught up coronvirus scare on Republic of Ireland duty

Jeff Hendrick’s Republic of Ireland team-mate Alan Browne has tested positive for coronavirus.

Friday, 13th November 2020, 11:34 am

Browne tested positive for Covid-19 after playing 90 minutes against England alongside Newcastle United midfielder Hendrick last night.

However, Hendrick and his team-mates, beaten 3-0 at Wembley, will NOT have to self-isolate for 14 days as they are not classed as "close contacts” of midfielder Browne, who is asymptomatic.

A statement from the Football Association of Ireland read: “The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that one member of the senior men's international team has tested positive for Covid-19. The player has been isolated from the group as per COVID-19 protocols, and the HSE and UEFA have been informed of this development. The player is asymptomatic and feeling well.”

Jeff Hendrick battles for possession with England's Jack Grealish last night.

Hendrick, signed in the summer as a free agent, is in line to play against Wales in Cardiff on Sunday – and against Bulgaria in Dublin next Wednesday – before returning to Tyneside ahead of the home game against Chelsea on November 21.