Aaron Hughes has been forced out of Northern Ireland’s squad to meet Azerbaijan and Israel later this month.
Hughes – who was originally included in Michael O’Neill’s 23-man panel for the final two World Cup qualifiers – withdrew on Wednesday night after breaking down in training with Fulham.
O’Neill has drafted in Bradford City defender Rory McArdle, while Chris Baird also returns after securing a move to Reading.
Kilmarnock midfielder Sammy Clingan is also included after recovering from injury while Aberdeen striker Josh Magennis forms part of Northern Ireland’s attacking options.
Palermo striker Kyle Lafferty serves the second match of a two-game ban against Azerbaijan on October 11, and remains on standby for the second qualifier against Israel four days later.
Lafferty received a straight red card against Portugal and it was thought he would miss the rest of the World Cup campaign, but the suspension only carries two games.
Chris Brunt returns from his suspension following his sending off against Portugal.
Northern Ireland sit fourth in Group F, ahead of Luxembourg on goal difference and a point clear of bottom side Azerbaijan.
Northern Ireland squad:
Goalkeepers: Roy Carroll, Alan Mannus, Michael McGovern.
Defenders: Gareth McAuley, Jonathan Evans, Alex Bruce, Lee Hodson, Daniel Lafferty, Craig Cathcart, Rory McArdle.
Midfielders: Chris Baird, Steven Davis, Oliver Norwood, Niall McGinn, Shane Ferguson, Corry Evans, Chris Brunt.
Forwards: Will Grigg, Billy McKay, Martin Paterson, Jamie Ward, Josh Magennis.