King to miss Nor­way’s meet­ing with North

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

BOURNEMOUTH striker Joshua King will miss Nor­way’s fi­nal World Cup qual­i­fier against North­ern Ire­land due to a ham­string in­jury.

King scored twice in his coun­try’s 8-0 win over San Marino on Thurs­day, but came off around the hour-mark and has now con­firmed he will not be risked for tonight’s en­counter with North­ern Ire­land in Oslo.

The 25-year-old has net­ted five times in these qual­i­fiers, more than any other Nor­we­gian or North­ern Ir­ish player, but Lars Lager­back’s side al­ready know there is no chance of them qual­i­fy­ing.

“I felt my ham­string dur­ing the game (on Thurs­day) and in view of my his­tory, we do not take any chances,” King told NFF TV.

“My­self, Lars and the med­i­cal team have dis­cussed and agreed that I’m go­ing home to get back (to fit­ness) as early as pos­si­ble.”

For­mer Hearts striker Bjorn Johnsen, who scored six goals in 37 ap­pear­ances dur­ing his 12-month spell at Tynecas­tle, has been called up to re­place King.

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