Monday 18 December 2017

Rory McArdle has been added to the Northern Ireland squad

Bradford's Rory McArdle has been added to the Northern Ireland squad
Bradford's Rory McArdle has been added to the Northern Ireland squad

Northern Ireland have added defender Rory McArdle to their squad for decisive Euro 2016 qualifiers against Greece and Finland.

Michael O'Neill's side are within touching distance of a first major tournament in 30 years but have been disrupted by fitness problems in defence.

West Brom centre-half Jonny Evans has remained with his club having suffered a hamstring problem against Crystal Palace and looks unlikely to be available to face Greece on Thursday.

Club colleague Gareth McAuley is also short of full fitness having played through pain in the same fixture.

With right-back Conor McLaughlin and Chris Baird suspended, as well as top-scorer Kyle Lafferty, O'Neill has summoned Bradford's McArdle.

He joins Doncaster's Luke McCullough and MK Dons midfielder Ben Reeves, who received call-ups on Sunday.

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