Armband returns to Hughes

Nigel Worthington has confirmed that Aaron Hughes will captain Northern Ireland against Italy in their home Euro 2012 qualifier tomorrow.

Last Updated: 07/10/10 at 17:50

Hughes: Back as skipper

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The Fulham defender stood down last month as Stephen Craigan was winning his 50th cap.

Craigan led his side to a terrific 1-0 victory against Slovenia in Maribor in their opening qualifier.

Worthington said: "Stephen borrowed it for the night and had a fantastic time overall. He fully deserved the honour.

"Now the armband will return to Aaron against Italy. That is accepted and expected."

Blackpool defender Craig Cathcart remains doubtful after suffering a back spasm in the victory against Liverpool.

"There is a question mark over his fitness," added Worthington.

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