Updated: 10/11/17 : 06:33:23
There are hopes that a travel sickness bug that has affected a few players won’t rule anybody out of Sunday’s International Rules test with Australia in Adelaide.Sligo's Niall Murphy is one of the players affected by the unwelcome distraction for the 23-strong squad, all of whom are required for action.
The other players hit with the bug are Enda Smith (Roscommon) and Pearse Hanley (Mayo and Gold Coast) along with team physio, Enda McGinley are being monitored by Donegal team doctor Kevin Moran, who is the Ireland medical officer.
The bug in known to strike sometimes hits after long haul flights - the squad travelled to Melbourne on Sunday, via Dubai - and while it normally passes quickly, it can have a debilitating impact.“It’s obviously far from ideal with the Test match coming up on Sunday, players that are affected have been given single rooms. Every step is being taken,” said McGinley.
The squad travelled from Adelaide to Melbourne today, Friday, and are due to train tomorrow morning when medical staff will assess the situation.
The news is far from ideal with just two days to the first Test in the Adelaide Oval and the problems of dehydration will be complicated by temperatures expected to be in the 30s.
There had been no previous indications about the matter, which emerged late on Thursday night after players had earlier relaxed on Glenelg beach in Adelaide and attended a reception organised by the local Irish community.
Coverage of the game starts on RTÉ Two at 5am on Sunday, November 12th.