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Jamie Ward, Stuart Dallas, withdraws from Northern Ireland squad to face Azerbaijan in World Cup qualifier

Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Ward, who is currently on loan at Burton Albion, suffered a broken wrist during his side’s Championship clash with Barnsley at the weekend and is expected to spend several weeks on the sidelines.

Dallas, meanwhile, has not featured since picking up a calf injury against San Marino during the last international break and will continue his recovery at Leeds United .

Manager Michael O’Neill has opted not to call up any replacements for the injured duo, deciding instead to stick with a 23-man squad.

Northern Ireland currently sit third in Group C, three points adrift of Azerbaijan heading into Friday’s match in Belfast.

O’Neill’s side will then host Croatia in a home friendly in their final match of 2016.

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