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Sunderland midfielder Corry Evans is the latest player to pull out of the Northern Ireland squad for the World Cup 2022 qualifiers billed for this month. Northern Ireland will face Switzerland and Bulgaria over the next few days as part of their qualifying campaign for Qatar 2022 and they will have to navigate the two matches without Corry Evans.

Corry Evans was said to have pulled out of the latest Northern Ireland squad as a result of an unspecified injury. The experienced midfielder is the second Sunderland player to pull out of national team commitment this month after Niall Wiggins. Wiggins had earlier withdrawn from the Wales u-21 team.

Northern Ireland senior national team manager Ian Baraclough has had to deal with several withdrawals ahead of the Switzerland and Bulgaria games. In his latest press conference ahead of those two games, Baraclough said withdrawal has become constant with his squad and that's the reason that the squad has been grown. He added that him and his coaching staff have swelled the numbers of those invited to the Northern Ireland squad and that they are ready for any eventuality.
Apart from Evans, five other players have pulled out of the Northern Ireland squad this week. The others are Michael Smith, former Sunderland player Trevor Carson, Shayne Lavery, Gavin Whyte and Ali McCann.
Baraclough also touched on the possibility of Covid-19 as one of the reasons he has a large squad at his disposal. He wants a squad that will be able to deal with any situation.
Despite the withdrawals of Evans and Wiggins from national team duty, League One giants Sunderland still have as many as six players presently on international duty including Balley Wright of Australia. The others are Dennis Cirkin (England u-20), Tom Flanagan (Northern Ireland) and Carl Winchester.