Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty 'never felt better' after injury scare

Striker 'never felt better' ahead of Sunday game.

Published 10/06/2016

Northern Ireland's forward Kyle Lafferty attends a training session at the team's training ground in Saint George de Reneins on June 10, 2016. Pic AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's forward Kyle Lafferty attends a training session at the team's training ground in Saint George de Reneins on June 10, 2016. Pic AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (right) shares a joke during training at Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (left) and Craig Cathcart during training at Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty back in training after a groin injury at Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty back in training after a groin injury at Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis (left) and Kyle Lafferty during a training at Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Norther Ireland's Kyle Lafferty during training at Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland's forward Kyle Lafferty attends a training session at the team's training ground in Saint George de Reneins on June 10, 2016, prior to the beginning of the Euro 2016 football tournament. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's forward Kyle Lafferty attends a training session at the team's training ground in Saint George de Reneins on June 10, 2016, prior to the beginning of the Euro 2016 football tournament. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images

The prospects of Kyle Lafferty starting Sunday's Poland Euro 2016 tournament opener is looking positive as he declared he "never felt better" as the striker returned to horsing around in training - literally.

The team took part in an early morning training session at their training camp in Lyon with Lafferty among the squad.

The forward hobbled off from a training session in pain after suffering a twist of his groin on Tuesday. However, scans proved the injury was minor.

<< Euro 2016: Northern Ireland fans on tour and at home - send us your pictures  >>

He was forced to sit out a training session, but on Friday was back to full training.

And a resistance test for Lafferty - with Josh Magennis at the reigns - proved "neigh bother" for the country's talisman.


Later he said he "never felt better".

In a video on the national team's Facebook page, he added.

"I thought the worse, as you do.

"But the longer the day went on I felt better and after the scan the results came back clear, I could get back into the intensive training.

"I've never felt better and I've never prepared better for a game.

"There will be 40,000 fans in the Poland game and that will be incredible.

"It'll be our biggest international game and we are going to put in a performance for the fans, the manager and our families."

 

Online Editors

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More