Paton out of Northern Ireland squad

A knee injury has forced Paul Paton to withdraw from Northern Ireland's upcoming international fixtures against Scotland and Finland.

Northern Ireland will be without Paul Paton over the international period after the Dundee United midfielder succumbed to a knee injury.

The Irish FA (IFA) made the announcement on Sunday, with Lee Hodson of Milton Keynes Dons named as Paton's replacement by coach Michael O'Neill.

Paton will miss Wednesday's friendly against the country of his birth, Scotland, at Hampden Park.

The 27-year-old will also sit out Northern Ireland's hosting of Finland in their 2016 UEFA European Championship qualifier in Belfast on Sunday.

Northern Ireland are second in Group F, one point behind leaders Romania after five matches.