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Tuesday 10 Oct 2023
McCann to miss home double header

Alistair McCann has had to withdraw from the Northern Ireland senior men’s squad due to injury.

It was confirmed today that the midfielder has a calf strain which has ruled him out ofthe upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers against San Marino and Slovenia.

There are no plans at this stage to call up a replacement for the 23-year-old, who is returning to his club, Preston North End, for treatment.

McCann’s withdrawal means Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill still has a 24-strong panel to choose from for the home double header.

And there are no other injury concerns at this stage, according to the Northern Ireland manager.

The Group H qualifier against San Marino is being staged at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on Saturday (14 October; 14.00 BST), while the match against Slovenia is set to be played at the National Football Stadium next Tuesday (17 October; 19.45 BST).