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Lafferty ruled out of Russia game with Achilles injury

13 August 2013 01:01

Northern Ireland have been dealt a huge blow ahead of Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier against Russia after striker Kyle Lafferty was ruled out of the match with an Achilles injury.

The 25-year-old is central to manager Michael O'Neill's strategy and would have been a first-choice selection had he been fit.

But he suffered an injury playing for his new club Palermo on Sunday and has not travelled to Belfast, leaving O'Neill with a selection headache.

Source: PA