A match preview for the clash between Luxembourg and Northern Ireland.
Where: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg
When: Tuesday September 10, 2013 19:15
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Chris Brunt will miss out due to suspension, meaning Daniel Lafferty will fill in as what could be Northern Ireland’s only change following their 4-2 defeat to Portugal on Friday.
Lafferty’s return to the left-back position after suspension is likely to allow Shane Ferguson to move forward to his more accustomed winger role.
Martin Paterson and Gareth McAuley both sat out training as a precaution on Monday evening with slight knocks.
Rangers midfielder Dean Shiels has been drafted into Northern Ireland’s squad on Sunday following the suspensions of Kyle Lafferty and Brunt, who were sent off against Portugal. And Shiels will be hoping for a repeat of the reverse fixture that saw him bag his first international goal in the 1-1 draw with the minnows.
Northern Ireland were 2-1 against Portugal on Friday before going down to nine men and allowing Cristiano Ronaldo and Helder Postiga to capitalise on the numerical advantage.
Northern Ireland sit fourth in the group on six points from seven games.
Their final three qualifiers are all away, starting with the group minnows on Tuesday followed by Azerbaijan and Israel next month.