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European qualifiers: Jonny Evans and Paddy McCourt in Northern Ireland squad to face Faroes and Greece

Jonny Evans is back in the Northern Ireland squad for next month's European qualifiers against Faroe Islands and Greece.

The Manchester United centre-half - suspended as Michael O'Neill's side began their campaign with victory in Hungary - is included despite an ongoing ankle problem.

O'Neill said: "I have an ongoing dialogue with Manchester United and I've been keeping in touch with Jonny too. We're hopeful he'll be fit." 

Evans returns along with Paddy McCourt, who is back playing regular football after signing for Championship side Brighton, and Port Vale defender Ryan McGivern.

But O'Neill has lost right-hand man Billy McKinlay, who stands down after taking the manager's job at Watford, leaving U17 boss Stephen Robinson and IFA technical director Jim Magilton to assist the manager.

McKinley said: "I recognise I’ve got to concentrate my efforts solely on this club role so it is with regret that I’ll be stepping down.


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