Dundalk FC’s pre-season preparations have been pushed back due to the uncertainty surrounding next season as a result of Covid-19.

Many of the club’s players had been due in for testing this week ahead of a return to full training on Monday but it now remains up in the air as to when they will return to Oriel Park.

While the league had been originally scheduled to restart on February 26th, this has now been pushed back until at least March 19th due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases around the country.

With uncertainty around sponsorship for the league, TV deals, potential Government support and if and when fans will be allowed to return to grounds, there remains the possibility that the start date could be pushed back further.

While Dundalk await clarity on what will happen and when, sporting director Jim Magilton confirmed that the club’s initial plans had all been rescheduled.

“We’ve had to reschedule our pre-season,” he confirmed.

“We had flights scheduled to bring people in and had set up not only medicals but Covid tests but obviously now with the quarantine we’ve had to reschedule.

“I have to commend the medical team and the doctor, they’ve been outstanding.

“We don’t know at the moment when we’ll be back but whenever it is we’ll be ready.

“Once we get the green light we’ll get a schedule in place and make sure the players are aware of it and we’ll be ready. We’re not the only ones going through this but as a football club we’ll be ready for whatever eventuality happens.”