Sunday 21 December 2014

McLaughlin out of N Ireland squad

Published 03/09/2014 | 11:22

Liverpool defender Ryan McLaughlin has pulled out of Northern Ireland's squad
Liverpool defender Ryan McLaughlin has pulled out of Northern Ireland's squad

Liverpool defender Ryan McLaughlin has pulled out of Northern Ireland's squad to face Hungary in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

The 19-year-old, who has a knee injury, wrote on Twitter: "Gutted I had to pull out of the ni squad injuries always comes at the worst time, hope to be back in a couple of weeks. #NoLuck."

It is the second withdrawal to affect manager Michael O'Neill's preparations after Brentford winger Stuart Dallas pulled out with a leg injury on Tuesday to be replaced by Preston's Andy Little.

O'Neill will cut the squad to 23 before leaving for Budapest and Sunday's Group F clash.

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