JEFF HENDRICK looks set to miss out on a dream move to AC Milan and stay in England because of Covid-19.
Hendrick is a free agent after his contract at Burnley ran out and he rejected a last-minute offer of a new deal.
The Ireland midfielder, 28, had been linked with a surprise switch to the San Siro.
Liam Brady — for seven years — and, briefly, Robbie Keane are the only players from the Republic of Ireland to have played in Serie A.
But his international boss Stephen Kenny suggested that the global pandemic has lessened the prospect of a move outside England, who has also attracted interest from Newcastle United.