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Northern Ireland call up Kyle Lafferty to replace the injured Josh Magennis

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Kyle Lafferty has been drafted into the Northern Ireland squad as a replacement for the injured Josh Magennis.

Magennis has been forced to withdraw from the group preparing for World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania and Switzerland, which sandwich a friendly in Estonia.

Lafferty joins up with the squad having come off the bench to replace Magennis in each of Northern Ireland’s opening two qualifiers in March.

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“I said last week that the door was open for Kyle and circumstances mean that he’s back in the reckoning,” said Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough.

Corry Evans is a doubt due to a hamstring strain and Baraclough is sweating on the fitness of a number of others.

With that in mind, Alfie McCalmont – currently on loan at Morecambe from Leeds – has stepped up from the under-21s to take a place in the senior squad, while Motherwell midfielder Liam Donnelly and Sunderland defender Tom Flanagan have also been added.

“A number of key players have taken a knock during the weekend games so we’re keeping a watching brief. The next 24 hours will be important,” added Baraclough.

It has also been confirmed that Leicester first-team coach Adam Sadler, who joined Baraclough’s staff this week, will miss the forthcoming international window due to a family bereavement.