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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 March 2007, 21:37 GMT
Clingan to miss N Ireland games
Sammy Clingan
Sammy Clingan has been a key player for Northern Ireland
Nottingham Forest midfielder Sammy Clingan is out of Northern Ireland's Euro 2008 qualifiers later this month after breaking an ankle.

The 23-year-old suffered the injury in Forest's 5-1 league victory over Huddersfield on Saturday.

Northern Ireland are away to minnows Liechtenstein on 24 March and host Group F leaders Sweden four days later.

Clingan's absence is a major blow for Northern Ireland after his recent impressive international displays.

The former Northern Ireland U21 captain moved to League One side Forest from Wolves for a nominal fee in January last year.

Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez handed Clingan his senior debut in a friendly against Uruguay last May in New York.

He made an immediate impact and is now a regular in the heart of Northern Ireland's midfield.

Sanchez's side sit third in Group F after four games, five points behind unbeaten Sweden.

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