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Evans joins N Ireland absentees

WORLD CUP QUALIFIER: Czech Republic v Northern Ireland
Venue: Synot Tip Arena Date: 14 October Kick off: 1930 BST
Coverage: Live coverage on BBC website, BBC2 NI and Radio Ulster


Jonny Evans
Jonny Evans has withdrawn from the Northern Ireland squad

Jonny Evans has become the latest Northern Ireland player to withdraw from the squad for the World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic.

Defender Evans pulled out of the panel with an ankle injury before the party travelled to Prague on Monday.

Kyle Lafferty, George McCartney, Sammy Clingan, Andrew Little and Chris Brunt are also ruled out of the match.

Manchester City's Ryan McGivern and Dunfermline's Andy Kirk have been called up to the squad as replacements.

Northern Ireland's slim hopes of securing a play-off place were effectively ended on Saturday night.

Slovenia defeated group leaders Slovakia 2-0 and the two are now vying for the one automatic qualification spot, with the other entering the play-offs.

Sunderland defender McCartney is ruled out by a foot injury while Lafferty withdrew from the squad on Friday evening because of a chest infection.

Manchester City's Ryan McGivern and Dunfermline's Andy Kirk have been called up to the squad as replacements.

Kirk won the last of his 11 caps against Estonia in 2006.

McCartney missed the last two qualifiers with a hamstring problem.

Clingan will be out for six weeks with a broken toe while Brunt is set to miss three weeks of action after suffering a recurrence of a calf strain.

Little will be absent for six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Worthington brought Michael O'Connor, who has been in good form with Scunthorpe, into the squad.


Northern Ireland squad: Taylor (Birmingham City), Mannus (Shamrock Rovers), Tuffey (Partick Thistle); Craigan (Motherwell), Hughes (Fulham), McAuley (Ipswich Town), Baird (Fulham), McGivern (Manchester City), Coates (Crusaders); McCann (Scunthorpe United), O'Connor (Scunthorpe Utd), McGinn (Celtic), Johnson (Birmingham City), Davis (Rangers), McCourt (Celtic); Healy (Sunderland), Kirk (Dunfermline), Feeney (Cardiff City).



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see also
NI World Cup hopes virtually over
11 Oct 09 |  Internationals
Worthington keen to stay NI boss
08 Oct 09 |  Internationals
NI trio ruled out of Prague trip
07 Oct 09 |  Internationals
Burnley hit by Paterson lay-off
24 Sep 09 |  Burnley
N Ireland 0-2 Slovakia
09 Sep 09 |  Internationals


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