Tyrone's Ulster SFC preparations hampered by positive Covid-19 test

October 27, 2020

The Tyrone team during the national anthem. ©INPHO/Bryan Keane.

Tyrone's preparations for their Ulster SFC quarter-final against Donegal on Sunday have been hampered by one of their players testing positive for Covid-19.

Nobody else involved with Mickey Harte's squad has tested positive or been required to self isolate but the Red Hands are implementing all Covid-19 protocols to prevent further transmission. Tyrone forward Conor McKenna confirmed the news of the positive case among his teammates when speaking to BBC Sport.

The ex-AFL star has wasted no time in making his mark on the senior inter-county scene - scoring 3-4 in his first two competitive outings. McKenna's return from Australia is a welcome boost to the Tyrone attack, especially with the loss of All-Star Cathal McShane, as he readies himself for his Ulster SFC debut in Ballybofey.

"Obviously it's disappointing for the player involved but for everyone else in the county it shows the protocols are working. I suppose you would expect someone to get it with the way things are going," McKenna said to BBC Sport.

"With the protocols you can work out if no one else has to self isolate, when going to training we are driving ourselves and going straight out onto the pitch.

"The GAA has done everything right as it hasn't affected the whole county and that's the only positive you can take from it."

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