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Michael O'Neill plays down Kyle Lafferty injury as just a ‘precaution'

Kyle Lafferty limped out of training earlier today with a groin problem but isn't expected to be injured
Philip Watson

 

MICHAEL O’Neill has played down Kyle Lafferty's injury as just a "precaution" five days ahead of Northern Ireland's Group C opener against Poland.

The 28-year-old limped out of training earlier with a groin problem during an open session in Saint-Georges-de-Reneins.

Manager Michael O’Neill played down any fears about the striker’s fitness and explained it’s “Fine, it’s precautionary”, he said

“We have no major concerns there. It’s a little twist, but on examination we don’t expect any major issues at all.

“We’re just being careful – we’re more concerned about the thunder and lightning, to be honest”, O’Neill continued.

“He just twisted it a little bit there when he slipped, the pitch is hard. Those little situations are always liable to happen, no major concerns there at all."

When asked how Lafferty is feeling, the Ballymena man joked, “He’s probably more scared to get in the ice bath, but he’s there most days, he’s fine.”

Northern Ireland begin their first ever European Championship with a Group C opener against Poland this Sunday in Nice.

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