EURO 2016 QUALIFIERS: Jonny Evans stays with West Brom to receive treatment on hamstring injury

Jonny Evans
Jonny Evans

Jonny Evans remains a serious doubt for Northern Ireland’s final two Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Evans picked up a hamstring injury in West Brom’s defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The 27-year-old was forced off after just 24 minutes at Selhurst Park.

Evans failed to join up with the Northern Ireland squad at their Belfast base on Sunday.

The Irish FA confirmed that the defender had remained with his club to receive treatment on his injury, but added that there had been no withdrawals from the squad for games against Greece and Finland.

Manager Michael O’Neill has added to his panel, however, drafting in Doncaster defender Luke McCullough and MK Dons midfielder Ben Reeves.

When asked if he was concerned by Evans’ injury, West Brom boss Tony Pulis said on Saturday: “The concern is obviously for Northern Ireland with the big games they have got. Whether Jonny will travel I’m not sure.

“The home nations, we want to help them as much as we can so fingers crossed they will be okay, if they are anywhere near it we will give them a chance to play. He will be scanned tomorrow and will know if they are serious injuries or not.”

Pulis added that fellow Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley “played through the pain” with a calf injury and was also due to have a scan yesterday.

O’Neill is already without suspended trio Kyle Lafferty, Chris Baird and Conor McLaughlin for Thursday’s game with Greece. They will return for the away clash in Finland three days later.