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Northern Ireland lose McCann

Peterborough playmaker Grant McCann has pulled out of the Northern Ireland squad for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan.

The withdrawal - because his wife is duo to give birth - is a blow for boss Michael O'Neill, who had already lost Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, Rangers star Andre Little and defender Alex Bruce.

Evans - the defensive rock in Northern Ireland's 1-1 draw in Spain - missed Manchester United's Premier League game against Aston Villa on Saturday because of a groin injury.