Manchester United defender Craig Cathcart is determined to put his transfer deadline day blues behind him and help Northern Ireland’s Under-21s get off to a flying start in their European Championship qualifying campaign.
Cathcart trained with his squad colleagues yesterday on the eve of tonight’s away match against the Czech Republic after linking up with the squad on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old, who spent last season on loan to Plymouth, was given leave as he was in talks with Newcastle United.
His proposed move broke down when he failed a medical, but it is understood a loan deal could still be an option.
Under-21 manager Steve Beaglehole said: "Craig has not trained for the last couple of days and it is important we get him in the right frame of mind.
"He is an experienced player for us as he has played in the Championship week in, week out last season.
"He is fit to play as far I am concerned and I know he just wants a good blow-out."
Blackburn Rover's Jonny Flynn is doubtful for the match after suffering a knee problem while James Lawrie, Corry Evans and Shane Ferguson are sidelined through illness or injury.
Beaglehole added: "There have been a few withdrawals but we have a nice blend in the squad and that is a plus."
Linfield’s Michael Carvill and Martin Donnelly of Crusaders were called-up from the stand-by list by Beaglehole, which led to their respective club games in the Carling Premiership this weekend being postponed.