Lafferty ruled out for Russia qualifier

Published Tuesday, 13 August 2013
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Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has withdrawn from Wednesday night's rescheduled World Cup qualifier against Russia.

Lafferty ruled out for Russia qualifier
Kyle Lafferty in action for NI against Finland last year. (© Pacemaker)

The 25-year-old suffered an Achilles injury playing for new club Palermo over the weekend.

It comes as a massive blow to the team, as Lafferty was a key part of Michael O'Neill's game plan and would have been a first-choice selection had he been fit.

He was included in O'Neill's 20-man party after he was suspended for the last qualifier.

Lafferty suffered the injury on Sunday and has not travelled to Belfast, leaving the manager with a selection headache.

A brief statement on the IFA website read: "Kyle Lafferty has been forced to withdraw from the Northern Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifier against Russia as a result of an injury.

"Lafferty suffered an Achilles injury playing for his club Palermo FC on Sunday. He has been assessed by his club and has not travelled to Belfast."

Back-up goalie Michael McGovern has also withdrawn from the squad.

The Group F game, which had been planned for March but had to be called off due to snowy weather in Belfast, will kick off at 7.45pm at Windsor Park.

It will see O'Neill look to claim his first win as manager at the 10th time of asking.

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Comments Comments
Iain in Belfast wrote (534 days ago):
Seem there are a couple of clowns needing to eat their words now. Don't give up the day job with your predictions Hammered again.
Londonderry in Londonderry wrote (535 days ago):
Typical Lafferty injured again surprise surpise!!!couldnt be bothered to travel most likely outcome !
Kieran D in Newtownabbey wrote (535 days ago):
I'm sure the Russians will breath a sigh of relief!
Conchuir MacGiolla Uidhir in Tyrone wrote (535 days ago):
Call in young Mc Ginn.
Hammered again in Belfast wrote (536 days ago):
Ach well, that means 3-0 to Russia rather than 3-1.
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