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Craigan is ruled out of qualifier

Northern Ireland v Slovenia - World Cup qualifier
Venue: Windsor Park Date: Wednesday, 1 April Kick-off: 1945 BST Coverage: Live on Radio Ulster medium wave and BBC Sport Website, live text commentary online and score updates on BBC Radio 5 Live


Stephen Craigan
Stephen Craigan (left) with NI manager Nigel Worthington

Defender Stephen Craigan has been ruled out of Northern Ireland's crucial World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Windsor Park because of a calf injury.

The Motherwell player sat out training on Tuesday and his unavailability was confirmed on Wednesday morning.

George McCartney will now come into the starting team at left-back, with Jonny Evans set to to partner skipper Aaron Hughes in the centre of the defence.

Winger Chris Brunt is suspended so Steve Davis will return to midfield.

Grant McCann is likely to move to the left of midfield, with Davis occupying a place in the centre.

McCartney and Davis were both suspended for Saturday's 3-2 win over Poland in Belfast.

Northern Ireland are a point ahead of their nearest rivals at the top of World Cup Qualifying Group Three.


N Ireland (probable): Taylor, McAuley, McCartney, Hughes, Evans, Davis, Clingan, Johnson, McCann, Healy, Feeney.



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