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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has been forced to make changes to his squad for the midweek friendly in Malta after several players withdrew through injury.

Goalkeepers Roy Carroll (back) and Trevor Carson (broken finger), defensive duo Ryan McGivern (hamstring) and Ryan McLaughlin (calf), midfielder Oliver Norwood (foot) and striker Jamie Ward (hamstring) have all pulled out of the squad because of concerns over their fitness.

As a result, Ipswich midfielder Josh Carson, Aberdeen striker Josh Magennis and Derry City goalkeeper Gerard Doherty have been called up as replacements.

O'Neill is confident the new arrivals will be able to do the business on Wednesday at the Ta' Qali National Stadium.

"I am obviously very disappointed at losing the guys but very happy with the new call ups into the squad," he said on irishfa.com.

"This gives me an opportunity to see them over the coming days in training.

"We have a very young squad but it is nice to have the experienced players with us for the game in Malta."

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