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If they all don't make it,  it will be nice to see a few of the younger/new players get a run out. Obviously would be good to win the game but seeing how the new guys fit in might give the game a bit more interest from a normal type friendly.

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McGovern

McLaughlin McAuley Evans Lewis

Ward McNair Norwood Saville Jones

Washington

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11 hours ago, hughes18 said:

I reckon Smyth will be on the bench if McGinn and Dallas are out.

I hope not. He is needed for the U21s tonight.

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at this rate will we have 11 fit players?

saying on UTV sport Laffs, McGinn, and Dallas all out is that definite? confirmed below:

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis, Kyle Lafferty, Stuart Dallas and Niall McGinn will miss Saturday's friendly against South Korea at Windsor Park.

Southampton midfielder Davis was first to withdraw from the squad because of a hamstring injury.

Davis has missed Southampton's last five games with the injury.

He was followed later on Thursday by Hearts striker Lafferty (thigh), Leeds United winger Dallas (thigh) and Aberdeen's Niall McGinn (groin).

The withdrawals mean manager Michael O'Neill could turn to the U21s to swell his squad.

However, he is unsure if he would actually select any of Ian Barraclough's players given the senior game is sandwiched between two huge U21 qualifiers, against Spain and Iceland, in their bid to reach Euro 2019.

"We have to be careful with the players given the time of year it is and the nature of the game.

"The game will provide an opportunity for some of those players like Jordan Jones and Jamal Lewis and one or two others.

"The U21s play on Thursday so there is always the opportunity to add one or two of those players from that squad into the senior game as well.

"If an U21 player or players come in, it won't just be for the experience - it will be because we believe they can contribute as well. They also have a game on Monday so we also have to balance that."

Northern Ireland squad:

Goalkeepers: Michael McGovern (Norwich City), Trevor Carson (Motherwell), Conor Hazard (Falkirk on loan)

Defenders: Aaron Hughes (Hearts), Gareth McAuley (West Brom), Jonny Evans (West Brom), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Conor McLaughlin (Millwall), Lee Hodson (Rangers), Paddy McNair (Sunderland), Jamal Lewis (Norwich City)

Midfielders: Oliver Norwood (Fulham on loan), Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers), Shane Ferguson (Millwall), George Saville (Millwall), Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock)

Forwards: Josh Magennis (Charlton Athletic), Jamie Ward (Cardiff City on loan), Conor Washington (QPR), Liam Boyce (Burton Albion)

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6 hours ago, glenn30 said:

McGovern

McLaughlin McAuley Evans Lewis

Ward McNair Norwood Saville Jones

Washington

That’s a decent side. I would like Carson to play a half too.

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                                      Carson

McLaughlin / Cathcart (if fit) / Evans / Lewis

                                      McNair

                          Norwood / Saville

Ward.                                                    Jones

                           Washington

The starting lineup I would like with injuries factored in.

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                                      Carson

McLaughlin          Cathcart         J. Evans          Lewis

Magennis      Saville   McNair        Norwood       Jones

                                  Washington

 

Davis & Lafferty out huge blows for us

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15 hours ago, Jack Russell said:

I hope not. He is needed for the U21s tonight.

The two aren't mutually exclusive. Linfield Instagram congratulating him on being called up to the senior squad and Baraclough hinting he could get game time too.

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Just now, hughes18 said:

The two aren't mutually exclusive. Linfield Instagram congratulating him on being called up to the senior squad and Baraclough hinting he could get game time too.

He's suspended for Iceland on Monday night I think so doesn't need to be rested for it. 

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14 minutes ago, Rod said:

He's suspended for Iceland on Monday night I think so doesn't need to be rested for it. 

Ah balls! Was looking for to seeing him. 

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Boyce, Washington must both get decent game time then, with Laffs out and no Grigg.

Saville chance to run the midfield, Jones in for McGinn, Lewis for Dallas, Smyth to make a cameo?  Will be an interesting afternoon.

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I actually think it makes it more interesting to see a few new/newish faces.

And if even only one* of them takes to the team and international football like eg Saville has done, then that will be a real bonus.

 

* - Jones? Lewis? Smyth even?

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1 hour ago, EalingGreen said:

I actually think it makes it more interesting to see a few new/newish faces.

Definitely does, I'm not bothered about these pull outs at all

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