Dundalk are continuing their preparation for their Champions League clash against Celje as normal as news emerged that the Slovenian league's start had been suspended for 10 days after a coronavirus scare.

Three clubs from the league returned positive Covid-19 tests meaning that the two games that Celje were due to play before the first qualifying round match against Dundalk in Hungary on Wednesday week are off.

Asked about that following their 1-0 Extra.ie FAI Cup win over Waterford this evening at Oriel Park, manager Vinny Perth told RTÉ Sport: "We were tested yesterday. The club made that decision to reassure everybody in our own little bubble that we are clear.

"We had hoped that the FAI would continue to test but obviously there isn’t the funding there so we tested our own guys and we’ve got to test them three days out before the game.

"I presume it’s the same for the Slovenia lads, they’ve got to pass their tests, we’ve got to pass [as well] and then we play in Hungary and I expect that’s what’s going to happen." 

On the performance against Waterford, he said: "[Improving] was the theme of the week. We’ve got to start building towards a Champions League level.

"I expected rustiness tonight from Sean Hoare, Brian Gartland, Darragh Leahy, Will Patching - they haven’t played games so we’ve rebuilt them but it was a bit more close to what’s needed at that level but we are not there yet." 

Perth also confirmed that defender Cameron Dummigan "rolled his ankle" and had to go to hospital for an x-ray. 

Waterford manager John Sheridan, whose side also face Dundalk in the Premier Division on Friday, said: "First and foremost, our priority is to stay in the league.

"We don’t want to be getting involved in any relegation scrap but we wanted to do well in the cup as well. I felt it was an opportunity to give one or two people who hadn’t featured too much a game. 

"We competed well and it will be another tough game on Friday but we are going to come with a bit of confidence and hopefully try and get something from the game." 

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