Despite a ban on all sporting activity in Slovakia from this Thursday, the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2020 semi-final play-off in Bratislava on 8 October looks set to go ahead as planned.

With a rise of Covid-19 cases in the country, the Slovakian government are considering the re-introduction of a state of emergency.

All sporting and cultural events are to be banned from this Thursday, but prime minister Igor Matovic did confirm that the play-off game would proceed as normal, subject to the players undergoing tests.

Events can only go ahead if all participants return negative Covid test no more than 12 hours before its proposed starting time.

The fixture will take place behind closed door, with the winner to take on either Bosnia or Northern Ireland on 12 November for a place at next summer's Euros.

The Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny will name his squad today for the clash with Slovakia and the Nations League games with Finland and Wales.