Lafferty fears played down

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has played down fears over an injury to Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty ahead of Euro 2016.

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Lafferty, who scored seven goals in qualification to fire the country to France, appeared to injure himself stretching to make an intervention during a public training session at Saint-Georges-de-Reneins.

After going down on the pitch, he went inside for medical assessment and did not return for the rest of training.

However, O’Neill spoke afterwards in an attempt to quell fears over Lafferty’s fitness five days before they kick off their Euro 2016 campaign against Poland in Nice.

“It’s fine, it’s precautionary, we have no major concerns there,” O’Neill said. “It’s a little twist, but on examination we don’t expect any major issues at all. We’re just being careful, we’re more concerned about the thunder and lightning, to be honest!”

Asked about the extent of Lafferty’s groin problem, O’Neill replied: “He just twisted it a little bit there when he slipped, the pitch is hard. Those little situations are always liable to happen, no major concerns there at all.”

Lafferty had been withdrawn against Slovakia last Friday as a precaution over a calf problem and while he was in full training four days on, defender Craig Cathcart, also taken off in Trnava, did not join the main group on Tuesday as he worked off on a bike on the side.

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