Hughes doubt­ful for dou­ble header

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

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.”

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