HUGHES WITHDRAWS FROM IRISH SQUAD
By Stuart James
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hughes has been out of action for the past two weeks with a hamstring injury and broke down in a fitness session forcing him to miss Northern Ireland's final qualifier.
"I've just heard from Newcastle's physio Paul Ferris that Aaron broke down in a fitness session and so he's had to pull out," McIlroy said.
"It's a shame because (George) McCartney and him had done very well in the last match against Iceland."
Preston stopper Colin Murdock is expected to fill the void left by Hughes' withdrawal, while Wigan's Pat McGibbon has also been called up to the squad.