Meath Live understands that a number of members of the Meath squad, possibly as many as ten, due to face Dublin in the Allianz league tonight were unavailable for selection due to Covid 19 related issues.
The issue does not centre around squad training or friendly games that may have been played as at least two of the squad have been omitted as a family member is displaying Covid symptoms and they have been deemed close contacts.
A Meath GAA spokesperson confirmed that Meath did not request a cancellation or postponement of the game saying, ‘ We did not look for the game to be called off there was no reason for that to done,
‘All our county teams are adhering to the GAA’s Covid 19 protocols and we will not comment on individuals or any specific team’.
However one source told us, ‘It is common knowledge that there is an issue, it is not specifically related to football either as some of those involved may not have any symptoms but could have been deemed to have been in close contact with somebody who was symptomatic away from football.
‘While the GAA have handled the Covid thing quite well overall one flaw is that teams are not obliged to reveal that squad members have tested positive, nobody is suggesting individuals should be named but there should be more transparency around the issue.’
The situation has turned slightly chaotic as Leitrim have had to concede their game away to Down as they hadn’t the numbers to field a team.
They said in a statement,
“Unfortunately, due to the greater health situation that has gripped the country, Leitrim GAA has found itself having to concede our Allianz League encounter versus Down today.
“We are living through very difficult times in an ever-increasing pandemic situation.
“Leitrim GAA is acutely aware of the efforts that have been made to get the inter-county season up and running.
“However, on this occasion, we cannot fulfill this fixture which is regrettable. We are hopeful that our situation will have resolved itself before next weekend’s fixture versus Tipperary.”
Tonights scheduled Meath starting line up is; Andrew Colgan; Eoin Harkin, Seamus Lavin, David Toner; Brian Conlon, Shane McEntee, Donal Keoghan; Bryan Menton, Ronan Jones; Ethan Devine, Cillian O’Sullivan, Jason Scully; Thomas O’Reilly, Donal Lenihan, Barry Dardis.