Duo forced out of NI squad

Aaron Hughes and Ryan McGivern are out of Northern Ireland's World Cup games with Portugal and Luxembourg.

Last Updated: 05/09/13 at 11:33 Post Comment

Ryan McGivern: Norther Ireland defender has a knee injury

Ryan McGivern: Norther Ireland defender has a knee injury

Aaron Hughes and Ryan McGivern have been ruled out of Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifiers against Portugal and Luxembourg.

Manager Michael O'Neill revealed yesterday that the defensive pair were struggling with respective groin and knee injuries and his worst fears were confirmed after further assessment.

Had they been fit, both were expected to start against Portugal at Windsor Park on Friday night - with Hughes at right-back and McGivern deputising for the suspended Daniel Lafferty at left-back.

With Craig Cathcart already missing with a knee problem of his own, O'Neill has summoned Chris Baird and Rory McArdle as cover.

Baird is a vastly experienced player at international level, and can play in a number of positions, but had not initially been considered for the double header due to being unattached.

He has been training with QPR since his release by Fulham at the end of last season but has yet to agree terms and has not played competitively this term.

Bradford centre-back McArdle, meanwhile, offers additional cover for Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley.


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet then £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter announces he will resign as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter has announced he is to resign as president of FIFA and an election will be held to decide his successor.

Sepp Blatter to quit: Names in frame for FIFA top job

After FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced he will step down from the role, we look at the candidates to replace him.

Sepp Blatter to quit: Timeline leading to resignation of FIFA boss

We look back on the timeline of events which culminated in Sepp Blatter announcing his resignation as president of FIFA.

Mail Box

Liverpool 2015 Feels Like Liverpool 2011...

One Mailer says Benteke = Carroll, Bellamy = Milner and Clyne = Downing. Plus we have U21 Euro impatience, farewell Rio, Rafa Benitez, Milner, FIFA and title play-offs...

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company