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Kyle Lafferty’s Northern Ireland career ‘not necessarily’ over despite squad axe

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Ian Baraclough has insisted Kyle Lafferty can still have a Northern Ireland future after the veteran Kilmarnock striker was sent home from the squad on Friday morning.

Northern Ireland’s second highest goal-scorer is the subject of an investigation being conducted by his club after a video circulated on social media appearing to show him using alleged sectarian language.

In a sometimes tense press conference ahead of the Nations League match against Kosovo, Baraclough said a back injury which had prevented Laffery from training since Tuesday and would have ruled him out of Saturday’s fixture also played a role in the decision.

Irish FA statement: Kyle Laffertyhttps://t.co/d7G4t3DfmJ pic.twitter.com/YZZmy2yqfX — Irish FA (@IrishFA) September 23, 2022 The back injury was also mentioned in an Irish Football Association statement issued earlier on Friday, a statement which left the precise reason for Lafferty’s withdrawal unclear.

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