Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw is unhappy that a delay a UEFA mandated Covid-19 testing could hinder her preparations for Ireland's crucial European qualifier against Germany.
Pauw’s side host Germany at Tallaght Stadium knowing that they will most likely need a win against a side who have already won Group I and have yet to concede a goal in the competition.
Germany beat Ireland 3-0 in the first encounter between the sides and Pauw’s task is not being made any easier by a delay in getting the results of Covid-19 tests.
The visitors have already received the results of their final round of testing but as Pauw explained, Ireland will not have theirs until after their final training session today.
Speaking at her pre-match press conference, the Ireland manager said: "I’m usually not taking these things to the press but now I would like to say something.
"We have done our last testing yesterday morning. If I have understood well, the samples went first to Northern Ireland, to Belfast, then to Birmingham with a flight, then on car to London.
"It arrived, should have arrived, last night at 9pm. This morning we got a message that we will only get the results in the afternoon.
"This is unacceptable, it’s UEFA guidelines. UEFA has certain labs, I do understand that but it’s not as if Ireland does not have labs and does not have very, very high qualified labs.
"I do understand that UEFA needs to structure it, but why do Germany already have their results and why do we need to wait until after our last training session?
"I think that this is something that UEFA really needs to sort out. I usually never use the press for this but I find this unacceptable."
Should any positive tests be returned, Pauw could be forced into a last-minute change of both personal and tactics.
The Ireland manager is already without the services of Megan Campbell, who picked up a knock in training and Pauw also revealed that Leanne Kiernan left the squad yesterday to return to her club West Ham.
Kiernan had been carrying a hamstring niggle and as Pauw explained, she was unwilling to risk the player developing a more serious injury.
"Leanne Kiernan had to leave yesterday. She pulled out with a niggle in her hamstring," the Irish boss said.
"It’s not yet a big injury but we are sure that if we could play her, it could destroy her career because that could rupture and scar her hamstring for the rest of her career.
"I’m not a coach who will take those kind of risks with my players.
"We have dismissed her from camp because the risk is far too big to play her, even in a game like this."
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