World Cup qualifiers: Chris Brunt and Martin Paterson sit out Northern Ireland training in Israel
Chris Brunt and Martin Paterson remain injury concerns for Northern Ireland ahead of the World Cup qualifier in Israel.
Last Updated: 13/10/13 10:53am
Michael O'Neill's squad is already stretched due to suspensions incurred by Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley and Oliver Norwood.
Evans received a late red card in Friday's 2-0 defeat in Azerbaijan, where McAuley and Norwood picked up their second yellow cards of the campaign.
West Brom midfielder Brunt and Huddersfield striker Paterson both performed well in Baku despite carrying minor injuries, and they both sat out Sunday's training session in Tel Aviv.
But O'Neill insisted that the move was precautionary, and he is confident both will be fit for Tuesday's clash as he looks to avoid a fourth straight defeat.
"Brunty and Martin won't be training but it is just precautionary and we expect both to be fine for the game," he said.
"The lads who played can do very little work two days after a game anyway - it's more of a recovery session for them but the lads who didn't play can do a little more.
"The majority of work for the match will be done the day before the game."