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Northern Ireland: Jamie Ward, Aaron Hughes & Paddy McNair in World Cup play-off squad

Aaron Hughes was once as soon as named in the provisional squad for the qualifiers in opposition to Germany and Norway then again needed to withdraw with a calf harm

Jamie Ward has been recalled to the Northern Ireland squad for the World Cup play-off in opposition to Switzerland.

The Nottingham Forest striker was once as soon as unavailable for lots of the qualifying promoting advertising marketing campaign as a result of a calf harm then again has in fresh instances go back to membership accountability.

Aaron Hughes has additionally been incorporated after lacking the qualifiers in opposition to Germany and Norway whilst Paddy McNair returns after an 11-month lay-off.

The first leg is on nine November with the go back in Basel 3 days later.

Manager Michael O’Neill has additionally recalled Scunthorpe defender Rory McArdle, with the 30-year-old successful the rest of his seven caps in March 2014.

West Brom defender Jonny Evans has recovered from his harm scare to retain his position.

O’Neill has made up our minds on a squad of 27 for the fits at Windsor Park and St Jakob Park, with the Bradford City duo of Shay McCartan and Adam Thompson each and every throwing in the towel.

Hughes has alternatively to go back for his membership, Hearts, since retreating from the entire Group C qualifiers in opposition to Germany and Norway then again the veteran defender would possibly function in opposition to Kilmarnock on Sunday ahead of linking up in conjunction along with his compatriots in Belfast.

“Aaron has worked hard to be fit and done personal training sessions in Manchester,” O’Neill stated.

McNair made his go back from an anterior cruciate ligament harm on Saturday when he got proper right here of the bench for the rest 11 mins of Sunderland’s 2-1 loss to Bristol City.

The 22-year-old has been sidelined since final November and O’Neill admits he’s now not going to be have compatibility sufficient to begin out out both one of the crucial fits.

“It’s important for Paddy to be involved but he will be assessed,” he stated.

“I spoke to (Sunderland boss) Simon Grayson and we’re sure he’ll be top of the range.

“For Paddy to be out has been tricky for him. It’s essential he’s with us. We do not be expecting him to start out however hope he will also be concerned.”

Northern Ireland squad

Goalkeepers: Roy Carroll (Linfield), Michael McGovern (Norwich), Alan Mannus (St. Johnstone)

Defenders: Aaron Hughes (Hearts), Gareth McAuley (West Brom), Jonny Evans (West Brom), Chris Brunt (West Brom), Conor McLaughlin (Millwall), Lee Hodson (Rangers), Paddy McNair (Sunderland), Daniel Lafferty (Sheffield United), Rory McArdle (Scunthorpe), Tom Flanagan (Burton)

Midfielders: Steven Davis (Southampton), Niall McGinn (Gwangju), Oliver Norwood (Fulham), Corry Evans (Blackburn), Shane Ferguson (Millwall), Stuart Dallas (Leeds), Paul Paton (St. Johnstone), Matthew Lund (Burton), Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock), George Saville (Millwall)

Forwards: Kyle Lafferty (Hearts), Josh Magennis (Charlton), Conor Washington (QPR), Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest)

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