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Euro 2016: Thumbs up from Kyle Lafferty after injury all clear at Northern Ireland Euro training camp

By Steven Beacom in Lyon

Published 08/06/2016

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (top right) sits on an exercise bike overlooking his team's training session at the Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (top balcony) sits on an exercise bike overlooking his team's training session at the Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (top balcony) sits on an exercise bike overlooking his team's training session at the Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty sits on an exercise bike overlooking his team's training session at the Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty waves whilst he sits on an exercise bike overlooking his team's training session at the Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty sits on a balcony during a training session at Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty sits on a balcony during a training session at Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland's forward Kyle Lafferty takes part in a training session at the team's training ground in Saint-George-de-Reneins on June 8, 2016, two days ahead of the start of the Euro 2016 European football championships. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's forward Kyle Lafferty takes part in a training session at the team's training ground in Saint-George-de-Reneins on June 8, 2016, two days ahead of the start of the Euro 2016 European football championships. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
Kyle Lafferty (right) touches his thighs whilst sat upon an exercise bicycle during a training session at Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Kyle Lafferty (top right) sits upon an exercise bicycle during a training session at Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Fright: concern from NI boss Michael O’Neill and his medical team as star striker Kyle Lafferty goes down in training

Northern Ireland star Kyle Lafferty has reassured fans he will be on the pitch on Sunday after overcoming an injury scare that could have put the striker out of the Euro 2016 finals.

Lafferty hobbled away from training in pain after suffering a twist of his groin yesterday.

The Northern Ireland medical team evaluated the issue this morning before deciding when Lafferty could return to training.

Lafferty took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to say he was back on the pitch training and was ready for Sunday's opener against Poland.

More: French legend Alain Giresse writes off 'limited' Northern Ireland in Euro 2016 finals

Immediately after the incident manager Michael O'Neill declared that the problem wasn't serious, much to the delight of Northern Ireland supporters who feared the worst ahead of Sunday's opening Group C clash with Poland in Lyon.

O'Neill said: "He's fine. We have no major concerns there."

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