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O'Neill forced into changes

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill will have to tinker with his squad after six players pulled out of Wednesday's trip to Malta.

Trevor Carson has a finger injury and will be absent along with fellow new boy Ryan McLaughlin has a calf complaint.

Ryan McGivern and Jamie Ward both have hamstring problems, while a foot injury prevents Oliver Norwood from joining the squad.

Roy Carroll had already announced he would not be making the short trip from Greece as a result of a back complaint.

O'Neill has moved quickly to draft in Ger Doherty of Derry, Aberdeen's Josh Magennis and Josh Carson of Ipswich.