Worthington loyal to struggling Healy

10 October 2010 11:24
igel Worthington will not disregard David Healy even though the Sunderland striker has not scored for Northern Ireland for two years.[LNB] Healy missed a glorious chance to break the deadlock in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Italy on Friday when he headed wide at the far post.[LNB]The match finished 0-0 and Healy, who is having to content himself with reserve football at his club, faces an anxious wait to see if he is in the starting line-up to face the Faroe Islands on Tuesday in Toftir.[LNB]He faces stiff competition from Rangers' Kyle Lafferty, who looked impressive when he stepped off the bench against the former world champions.[LNB]Worthington was giving little away, though.[LNB]"I will give plenty of thought to my starting line-up and Kyle comes into those thoughts, but I haven't made a decision, " said the Northern Ireland manager.[LNB]"I liked what Kyle did against Italy and if he can do that on a regular basis then he puts himself in a strong position for a start.[LNB]"With David, I have said I will support him but that does not mean he is always going to start.[LNB]"I will support him throughout his lean period because of the quality striker he is and what he has achieved for his country.[LNB]"It would be very wrong of me to disregard a player who has scored a lot of goals for Northern Ireland and has to potential to get many more.[LNB]"I make the decisions and will live with them, good or bad. That is part of the remit as far as the job is concerned."[LNB]The squad are due to travel out on Sunday and Worthington's only fitness concern is defender Craig Cathcart, who sat out the Italy match because of a back spasm.

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