Brunt and McAuley to miss Turkey game

Published Monday, 11 November 2013
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Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Michael O'Conner have been forced to pull out of Northern Ireland's upcoming friendly against Turkey.

Brunt and McAuley to miss Turkey game
McAuley and Brunt pictured together before the Azerbaijan game in October. (© Presseye)

The trio had been named in manager Michael O'Neill's squad for Friday night's international at the Adana 5 Ocak Stadium.

A statement from the Irish Football Association said McAuley has withdrawn for personal reasons, while Brunt has a groin injury and tendonitis in his knee.

It added that O'Connor has suffered a thigh injury.

West Brom teammates McAuley and Brunt have been a key part of the NI squad and their loss is expected to severely weaken the side.

They played the full 90 minutes of Saturday's dramatic 2-2 draw against Chelsea.

Meanwhile the further absence of Rotherham midfielder O'Connor means O'Neill now has just 18 players at his disposal for the game in Turkey.

No replacements have been announced at this stage.

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3 Comments
Anto in Belfast wrote (162 days ago):
Probably grateful not having to play for such a crap team.
Jon in Belfast wrote (163 days ago):
Surprise surprise Brunt and McAuley cry off again ! These guys have no interest in playing for their country. They should not wear the jersey again. No doubt they will be playing for their club again in the next match. After Michael O'Neill getting a new 2 year contract for an appalling record these cry offs are the final straw. After attending Northern Ireland matches for almost 50 years and a block booker since the start I am finished with these players and will not be renewing my ticket. The Irish FA needs to be replaced.
Franco in Belfast wrote (163 days ago):
Why not bring in Ivan Sproule? he's quick and wants to play for his country I assume, and Duff from Burnley he plays every week for his club, I like M O'N as our manager , long may he reign, he's a football man through and through and he has very few quality players to call on.
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