Sligo GAA have confirmed seven positive Covid-19 cases in their football panel, putting their Connacht Championship semi-final with Galway this weekend in doubt.

More players were tested on Monday and they are now awaiting those results.

The county board issued a statement on Tuesday morning confirming they are following protocols and HSE guidelines and are in dialogue with officials at Croke Park and the Connacht Council. 

The statement read: "Sligo GAA wish to confirm that a number of members of the Sligo football panel have unfortunately returned a positive Covid-19 test.

"The players in question are currently in isolation and following HSE guideline as are a number of close contacts.

"The players are doing well. A number of the squad are currently awaiting further test results.

"Sligo GAA are currently liaising with GAA officials at Croke Park and Connacht GAA."

Sligo play the Tribesmen on Saturday in Pearse Stadium.

On Monday, GAA president John Horan reiterated the stance that Covid-related postponements would only be entertained for the latter stages of the championship.

He told RTÉ's Morning Ireland: "We do have contingency plans in place if we run into a problem at the All-Ireland semi-finals or final.

"It wouldn’t be our decision around the availability of a player or team. We would be guided by the public health authorities, whose opinion we have to take and respect continuously."

Further positive tests would leave Sligo’s panel hugely stretched and struggling to field a side.

The Connacht final is currently set to take place on 15 November, but with provincial deciders in the other three provinces all down for decision the following weekend, there is slight room for manoeuvre.