Sheffield United are awaiting clarification from the Premier League on whether John Egan must miss their next match due to COVID-19 quarantine rules.

Egan was forced into self-isolation after coming into close contact with a Republic of Ireland international team-mate who has since tested positive for COVID-19.

The contact took place last Thursday and government rules to limit the spread of the virus mean the players’ 14-day isolation period must start from that date, meaning Egan would miss the Blades’ game against Fulham on Sunday.

This case is understood to be the first of its kind, where players on international duty have been forced into isolation not because of a positive COVID-19 test but because of a close contact with a COVID-positive person.

Whatever ruling the Premier League makes now is likely to set a precedent for any future cases.

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