Sammy Clingan is forced out of friendly with knee injury

Midfielder Sammy Clingan
Midfielder Sammy Clingan

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill will be without Sammy Clingan for Wednesday’s friendly in Cyprus.

Clingan has been forced to withdraw after picking up a knee injury in action for Kilmarnock.

The midfielder was replaced after 26 minutes of Saturday’s Scottish Premiership defeat at St Mirren after suffering what appeared to be a knee injury having come off worse in a strong challenge on Sean Kelly.

O’Neill has called up Dundee United’s Paul Paton for the friendly in Nicosia.

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s game in Cyprus is expected to go ahead despite the bombing of a referee’s car on the island.

The car of a top Cypriot official – named by the Cyprus Football Association as Leontios Trattos – was damaged by a bomb explosion on Friday morning, but no one was injured.

Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson remains confident the international in Nicosia will take place.

Nelson, in Zurich for the International FA Board meeting, said: “The latest information is that the incident would have nothing to do with international football and wouldn’t put the game in jeopardy.

“However, we’re being sensible. We’re going to be in touch with the Cypriot FA again later today, we’re waiting for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to comment on it and we’re keeping our eyes on it.”