Duo withdraw from Portugal clash

  • Last Updated: October 13 2012, 12:43 BST

Grant McCann and Alex Bruce have withdrawn from the Northern Ireland squad for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Portugal, the Irish Football Association have confirmed.

Alex Bruce: Returns to Hull with a groin injury

Peterborough midfielder McCann has a knee problem and Hull defender Bruce a groin injury and both have returned to their clubs.

Manager Michael O'Neill has not called up any replacements at this stage.

Portugal lost 1-0 to Russia yesterday to sit second in Group F on six points from three games. Northern Ireland have one point from two matches.

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