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Nations League: O'Neill hoping familiar surroundings will boost Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is hoping familiar surroundings will help his players prepare for their upcoming Uefa Nations League matches.

The squad is returning to the Austrian training base they used ahead of Euro 2016 for their double header away to Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Northern Ireland face Austria in Vienna on Friday and Bosnia in Sarajevo on 15 October.

"The fixtures have been unkind to us," O'Neill told BBC Sport NI.

"The away double header coming in the middle is probably the most difficult schedule we could have had.

"But we're going back to the training base we used for Euro 2016, which is about an hour from Vienna, and the players enjoyed it there.

"It's a really good facility and that will be good preparation before we do a training session in the stadium in Vienna the night before the game.

"We then essentially have only two days to prepare properly for the game in Sarajevo. That turnaround time makes it difficult but that's why we have named a squad of 25."


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