EVANS RULED OUT OF FRIENDLY
Former Man Utd player Corry Evans has been ruled out of the friendly that Northern Ireland were scheduled to play against Holland. Corry Evans is regarded as one of the best players within the northern Ireland squad.
Hence, it is a major blow for the national team to be able to face the 2010 World Cup runners-up in a friendly match. It could possibly be the best time to face the Dutch because they come on the back of a humiliating exit in the Euro 2012. The Dutch have failed to progress past the group stages of the competition, despite being the favourites to win it.
The Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has said that Corry Evans came to the training session not feeling well, but the situation has worsened after taking part in light training. As a result, the decision has been taken to send Corry Evans home. A number of high profile players will be missing for Michael O'Neill to choose from ahead of this match. Corry Evans is the latest injury casualty after a long and hard season. Johnny Evans, Gareth Bale, Chris brunt, and Chris Baird are some of the players missing from the team ahead of the match.
"Corry felt a little but unwell on Wednesday when he turned up and he had deteriorated rather than improved. He pulled out of today's session very early and it made sense for Corry - and for the the health of the remainder of the the squad - that he went went home. He got a flight this afternoon. It's unfortunate for Corry but it gives an opportunity for someone else. In terms of the experience we have in the squad at the minute, I just felt Sammy was the natural choice. He captains his club and he has captained them through a very difficult season," said manager Michael O'Neill.