Northern Ireland's Aaron Hughes to miss World Cup Qualifiers with injury

Leslie Hanson
October 6, 2017

GERMANY have never lost an away World Cup qualifier in their history, and Michael O'Neill has told his Northern Ireland side the Group C leaders are "formidable but not invincible".

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has called up Dunfermline defender Callum Morris as a replacement for Hughes.

Aaron Hughes will miss Northern Ireland's remaining World Cup Qualifiers this week through injury.

Hughes had been struggling with a calf problem going into last weekend's game and he was forced off after seven minutes of the 2-1 defeat at Dens Park.


The 28-year-old is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: "If Germany play anything like Bayern Munich have been playing, Northern Ireland might have a chance".

Northern Ireland is now second in Group C with 19 points, just five points behind first-place Germany.

Germany begin the match five points clear of Northern Ireland, who have guaranteed second spot in Group C and would seal one of the eight play-off berths were they to win.

Ireland is the European Union economy most vulnerable to Brexit, and keeping the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland open after Brexit is one of three divorce topics, along with citizens' rights and money owed by the U.K, that require "sufficient progress" before the European Union will allow talks to move on to the future relationship.

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