Hughes doubtful for double header
FOOTBALL: Northern Ireland’s most capped outfield player Aaron Hughes is a doubt for the double header with Germany and Norway next week having come off injured on Saturday.
Hughes, who turns 38 next month, was substituted after just seven minutes playing for Hearts at Dundee with a calf issue that he was struggling with prior to the game.
It could rule him out of Northern Ireland’s clash with world champions Germany in Belfast on Thursday and the trip to Norway three days later as Michael O’Neill’s side look to book one of the eight World Cup qualification play-off places available.
“We knew he might struggle with his calf injury,” Hearts boss Craig Levein said of Hughes.
“We decided to give him a chance but obviously it didn’t last and forced us into the change.”