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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 May, 2004, 13:06 GMT 14:06 UK
Skipper Hughes out of tour
Northern Ireland captain Aaron Hughes
Aaron Hughes will miss Northernd Ireland's three tour matches
Northern Ireland captain Aaron Hughes has pulled out of the tour to the Caribbean because of a leg injury.

The Newcastle United defender revealed he would not be on the trip when he was star guest at Tuesday's draw for the NI Milk Cup youth tournament in Belfast.

Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez will announce his panel at a news conference on Wednesday.

His side will play Barbados (30 May), St Kitts and Nevis (2 June) and Trinidad and Tobago (6 June).

Northern Ireland's new team kit and sponsor will also be revealed at the news conference.

Southampton goalkeeper Alan Blayney turned down the chance to go on the Caribbean tour in place of the unavailable Roy Carroll.

Blayney, who recently made an outstanding Premiership debut against Newcastle, had already booked a holiday to South Africa.

NI to play Barbados
25 Mar 04  |  Northern Ireland

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