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Mannus freed from international five-day rule

By Stuart McKinley

Alan Mannus will play for Linfield in their Irish Premier League game against Armagh City on Saturday after the Blues were given special permission by the IFA to use their goalkeeper.

The Windsor Park number one provides the back-up to Birmigham City's Maik Taylor for next week's Euro 2008 qualifier in Sweden. The squad will assemble in London on Saturday afternoon, but instead of being there for the first training session Mannus will be playing at Holm Park before joining up with the party later that evening.

"I am very grateful to Nigel Worthinigton who has allowed Alan to travel over directly after our game," said Linfield manager David Jeffrey.

"We are deligted that Alan has been called into the senior squad once again and pleased that there has been some co-operation because after Alan, we only have a 17-year-old youth team goalkeepr because Chris McKendry - who is only 19 himself - is injured.

Sammy Clingan will also join up late after playing for Nottingham Forest against Cheltenham Town as Worthington isn't enforcing the five-day rule ahead of the Sweden game.

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