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Davis out of N Ireland qualifier

WORLD CUP 2010 QUALIFYING GROUP THREE
NORTHERN IRELAND v CZECH REPUBLIC
Venue: Windsor Park Date: Wednesday, 10 September Kick-off: 1945 BST Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Ulster, Updates on the BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 Live

Steve Davis
Steve Davis will miss the World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park

Northern Ireland midfielder Steve Davis has pulled out of the World Cup 2010 qualifier against the Czech Republic on Wednesday night for personal reasons.

The Rangers player has left the squad in Belfast and returned to London.

Davis was set to start in the Windsor Park game and his place in central midfield is likely to be taken by Fulham's Chris Baird.

Full-back George McCartney has been passed fit to face the Czechs after recovering from a hamstring injury.

McCartney trained on Tuesday, as did winger Keith Gillespie who had been troubled by an ankle problem.

"George trained very well and Keith also joined in. I am glad to say we have a clean bill of health," said NI manager Nigel Worthington.

Kyle Lafferty had earlier been ruled out with a back injury.

Worthington is set to start with two strikers with Warren Feeney and Martin Paterson vying to partner David Healy.

Healy began Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Slovakia as a lone forward before Feeney's introduction in the second half.

Gillespie took a knock on an ankle and looked in some discomfort during the match in Bratislava.

Interview: Nigel Worthington

The Sheffield United winger will be hoping to win his 83rd cap against the group favourites.

Worthington is expecting a tough test against the Czechs in Belfast.

"We always seem to make the job hard for ourselves," he said.

"Now we have got to do it again. The Czechs are a very good team and we have a job on our hands but the crowd will be on our side.

"We know we will have to put in a performance if we are to get a good result from this match."




see also
Clingan banking on Windsor roar
08 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Worthington rues NI indiscipline
06 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Slovakia 2-1 N Ireland
06 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Pick your N Ireland XI
06 Jun 07 |  Internationals


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