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Chris Brunt is set for Northern Ireland team return after suffering Euro injury heartache

By Adam McKendry

Chris Brunt could receive a recall when Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill announces his squad today for the World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan on November 11.

Northern Ireland will also take on Croatia in a friendly on November 15, their final match of 2016, with both games at Windsor Park.

West Brom star Brunt has been out due to a knee injury he picked up on club duty back in March.

The 31-year-old hasn't played for his country since the 1-1 draw away to Finland in October 2015 and missed the European Championships over the summer, although he did travel to France with the squad.

The Baggies midfielder made his first Premier League start in eight months on Saturday, in West Brom's 4-0 defeat to Man City.

Will Grigg could also be named in the squad having missed the qualifiers against San Marino and Germany last month.

The Wigan striker has continued his fine form for the Latics, netting six goals in 18 appearances so far this season.

Watford centre-back Craig Cathcart is expected to return to the squad having recovered from a groin strain that kept him out of the last three qualifiers.

• HEAD coach Joachim Low has signed a new deal with the German FA to remain in charge until the summer of 2020.

Low's current Germany deal was due to run out after the 2018 World Cup, but his new extension ensures that he will lead Die Mannschaft to the next European Championships as well.

Northern Ireland lost 2-0 in Germany last month and host the world champions next year.

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