Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty not named in Norwich City squad

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty
Kyle Lafferty has scored five goals in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty was not named in Norwich City's team, nor among their substitutes, on Tuesday as he recovers from a knee injury.

The 27-year-old was in the initial squad for the Capital One Cup second round clash away to Rotherham United.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill will hope to have Lafferty available as he begins the build-up to two crucial Euro 2016 qualifying games.

Northern Ireland play the Faroes on 4 September and Hungary three days later.

O'Neill's men are second in Group F - one point behind leaders Romania and two ahead of third-placed Hungary.

Northern Ireland have never qualified for the finals of the European competition and the last time they qualified for a major tournament was the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

Lafferty, who spent the second half of last season at Turkish side Rizespor, has scored five goals in his country's six group matches.

International boss O'Neill will be hoping his top scorer gets some much-needed game time before those two fixtures and avoids any further injury problems.

The Northern Ireland squad for the trip to the Faroe Islands and the home game against Hungary is to be announced on Wednesday.

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