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Sheridan is first Irish player back on the pitch

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FIRST UP: Cillian Sheridan playing.

FIRST UP: Cillian Sheridan playing.

FIRST UP: Cillian Sheridan playing.

Cavan's Cillian Sheridan had the honour of being the first Irish player to get to play after the post-Covid lockdown when the Polish league got back to action over the weekend.

Poland's Ekstraklasa resumed on Friday after a 12-week absence and Sheridan's club, Wisla Plock, played yesterday, a 4-1 defeat at home to Korona Kielce, a game played behind closed doors, though the Polish FA and government hope to allow fans, limited to 25pc of capacity, into matches from June 19.

Other Irish players abroad will also get to play before the leagues in England or Ireland resume action: Dubliner Graham Carey should feature for CSKA Sofia when the Bulgarian championship returns next weekend while keeper Sean McDermott, a member of the senior Irish squad under Martin O'Neill, lines out for Kristiansund when Norway's league comes back in two weeks' time.