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Injured Nottingham Forrest star Jamie Ward may miss NI's Euro games against Hungary and the Faroe Islands

By Jim van Wijk

Jamie Ward has emerged as a serious fitness concern ahead of Northern Ireland’s crucial double header against the Faroe Islands and Hungary next month.

Jamie Ward has emerged as a serious fitness concern ahead of Northern Ireland’s crucial double header against the Faroe Islands and Hungary next month.

The 29-year-old Nottingham Forest star was taken off after 55 minutes of his side’s 0-0 draw against Charlton in the Championship last night.

There were concerns that it was a hamstring strain which could rule him out of the crunch Group F fixtures.

Ward has become a key player for Michael O’Neill. Indeed in the only match that Northern Ireland have lost in the campaign so far — a 2-0 defeat in Romania — Ward and captain Steven Davis were missing due to injury.

Ward will be assessed today with manager O’Neill hoping for good news.

Meanwhile, Neil Lennon’s Bolton are still chasing their first goal of the season after a 1-0 defeat at MK Dons. Substitute Daniel Powell struck four minutes after coming off the bench as MK Dons ground out victory over the Ulsterman’s side.

The Trotters — just a point off the foot of the table — created several openings at stadiummk but after four games in all competitions, former Celtic boss Lennon’s men are still yet to trouble the scorers.

Ipswich edged ahead at the top of the table on goal difference after a 2-0 home win over Burnley, relegated from the Premier League last term.

Freddie Sears set Ipswich on their way to a comfortable win just hours after penning a new four-year deal with the Tractor Boys with David McGoldrick also on target.

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