Soccer-N.Ireland striker Lafferty out of World Cup qualifier (Reuters)

Aug 13 (Reuters) – Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty will miss the rescheduled World Cup qualifier against Russia on Wednesday with an Achilles injury, the Irish FA said in a statement. The 25-year-old picked up the knock while playing for his club Palermo in an Italian Cup match on Sunday and did not travel to Belfast for the Group F match. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has brought in Aberdeen forward Josh Magennis as his replacement for the match, which has already been postponed twice. …

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