Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Ward joins league squad despite injury

Sean Ward travelled with the Irish League Under-23 representative squad for tomorrow night's match in Belgium this morning, despite an injury scare.

The Glentoran defender missed his club's 1-0 defeat to Limavady United on Friday night and it was thought that he wouldn't be allowed to join the rest of the travelling party when they left this morning.

He only returned to the team for the 2-1 win over Glenavon 10 days ago after a recent ankle problem and no date has been put on his comeback.

Manager David Jeffrey has already been forced to do without his own Linfield striker Stephen Garrett, who is currently on-loan to Newry City.

He joined the absentee list when he had his ankle injury encased in a plaster cast last week and it is feared that he has suffered a hairline fracture.

Saturday's CIS Insurance Cup final washout means that Jeffrey's entire squad had a relaxing weekend and that should stand them in good stead for the encounter with the Belgians.

Tomorrow night will see Northern Ireland make their debut in the International Challenge Trophy competition, which has eight teams from across Europe taking part this time around.

The Republic of Ireland have already scored a 2-0 success over Slovakia in the opening game in Northern Ireland's group.

The Irish League will face their southern counterparts next spring and Slovakia in the Autumn.

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