World Cup 2022: Corry Evans dominated out of Northern Eire’s qualifiers

Corry Evans additionally missed September’s qualifiers towards Lithuania and Switzerland
Venues: Geneva & Sofia Dates: Saturday, 9 October & Tuesday, 12 October
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Corry Evans has been dominated out of Northern Eire’s World Cup qualifiers towards Switzerland and Bulgaria due to damage.

The Sunderland midfielder joins a rising absentee checklist that features Shayne Lavery, Ali McCann, Gavin Whyte, Michael Smith and Trevor Carson.

NI boss Ian Baraclough has not referred to as up a substitute for Evans, 31.

Jonny Evans, Corry’s older brother, has not linked up with the squad in Belfast earlier than Saturday’s journey to the Swiss.

The 33-year-old had returned to the Northern Eire squad after managing his first full 90 minutes of the season in Leicester’s League Cup win over Millwall on 22 September.

The Leicester centre-back missed September’s qualifiers with Lithuania and Switzerland with a foot damage, however Baraclough mentioned he “probably” may play a component in Tuesday’s sport towards Bulgaria in Sofia.

The lack of Corry Evans is one other blow for Baraclough earlier than the essential double-header towards Switzerland and Bulgaria.

Gavin Whyte is unavailable after testing constructive for Covid with Lavery, McCann, Smith and Carson all lacking out by way of damage.

Northern Eire sit three factors behind the second-placed Swiss in Group C and degree with Bulgaria, with European champions Italy main the desk by six factors.

Peacock-Farrell saves Seferovic's penalty
Bailey Peacock-Farrell saved a Haris Seferovic penalty in Northern Eire’s goalless draw with Switzerland at Windsor Park in September

“Appears to be half and parcel of each month,” Baraclough mentioned of gamers pulling out of squads.

“It was powerful watching on Saturday, listening to data coming by way of. Shayne Lavery and Ali McCann inside the first 20-25 minutes of the sport after which it filtered by way of that there was going to be others lacking.

“However that is why we have grown the squad, why we have swelled the numbers and why we’re prepared for each eventuality.

“Particularly these days with Covid as properly. It is simply one thing you have to be prepared for and conscious of.”

Whereas Baraclough shall be with out a number of key gamers, he has been boosted by the return of Stuart Dallas, who missed September’s video games due to private causes.

The 30-year-old insists Northern Eire should present “no concern” as they intention to maintain alive their hopes of reaching their first World Cup since 1986.

“We have simply obtained to go and play on the entrance foot,” mentioned the versatile Leeds participant.

“I believe the boys confirmed final month that after we play the way in which we are able to, we’re able to getting a consequence wherever.

“We all know it may be powerful. We have gone to Switzerland earlier than and are available away with nothing so we all know.

“The second sport will handle itself however we all know we have got to go there and get a consequence.”

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