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Davis Euro hell

By Mark McIntosh

Injured Steven Davis last night revealed his agony at being forced to withdraw from Northern Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Serbia and Slovenia.

Rangers midfielder, Davis, who produced a Man of the Match display in Sunday's League Cup final against Celtic, was forced to pull out yesterday after being plagued by a troublesome knee injury.

The news will come as a huge blow to boss Nigel Worthington, especially as in-form Davis is an influential and key player in the Northern Ireland team.

Davis has been troubled with his knee for several weeks and has been advised to rest the injury for a week during the international break, meaning he will be missing in Serbia on Friday night and again against Slovenia four days later at Windsor Park.

“I hate missing any Northern Ireland games but I’m gutted to be out of crucial qualifers,” said Davis.

“My knee hasn't felt right for a few weeks and I had a scan last week to try to find out what the problem is. They have said it is the tendons around my knee. So the best thing that I can do is rest it.

“I played in the final because it was a needs-must for Rangers and after playing well I was really excited about the two Northern Ireland games, but it’s not to be.

“Whoever comes in for me will do well, but I will find it tough sitting at home watching the lads. I'm sure I'll be kicking every ball.

“These are two massive games. We didn't do ourselves justice in the Faroes Islands in our last qualifier, especially after taking four points from, Slovenia and Italy.

“That will be in the lads' minds before Serbia and for that reason I have every faith they will put things right.”

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