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Kyle Lafferty fitness boost for N Ireland Euro matches

Kyle Lafferty
Kyle Lafferty was injured playing for Rangers

Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty looks set to be fit for Northern Ireland's forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Serbia and Slovenia.

The forward was named in the Rangers starting line-up for Sunday's League Cup final against Celtic and should be available unless he suffers a reaction.

Lafferty had been carried off with suspected knee ligament damage during Rangers' game against PSV Eindhoven.

Meanwhile Serbia's Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is ruled out.

Central defender Vidic has been suffering from a calf injury.

"Coach Vladimir Petrovic spoke to Vidic and it's been decided that he should stay with his club Manchester United for further treatment," said a statement on the Serbian FA website.

United captain Vidic has missed his club's last two games, Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League win over Olympique Marseille and Saturday's 1-0 league victory against Bolton, after picking up a knock in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Arsenal earlier this month.

Birmingham City striker Nikola Zigic is also doubtful as he is recovering from a groin injury.

Serbia, who are fifth in Group C with four points from as many games, are at home to Northern Ireland on Friday behind closed doors as they serve their one-match crowd ban because of a riot their fans caused in Italy last October.

Group leaders Italy, who have 10 points from four games, were awarded a 3-0 walkover against Serbia, whose ultras forced the game in Genoa to be abandoned after only six minutes when they threw flares at home fans, players and police.

NI face Serbia away on 25 March and then entertain Slovenia on 29 March.

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