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Paddy McNair out of hospital after liver injury scare

By Stuart McKinley

Paddy McNair is due to leave hospital in Finland today, but faces two more weeks on the sidelines after suffering liver damage.

The 20-year-old spent three nights under observation in Helsinki after the injury forced him to leave the pitch early in the second half of Northern Ireland's 1-1 draw with the Finns on Sunday night, which ensured Michael O'Neill's team qualified for Euro 2016 as Group F winners.

Originally it was suspected that the Manchester United defender had broken a rib, but the injury has now been diagnosed as a ruptured liver, with bad bruising suffered to the ribs and the area immediately below.

He will fly back to Manchester where he will be assessed by United's medical chiefs, who opted not to fly to Finland to oversee the player's treatment.

Instead they have been in contact with Northern Ireland team doctor David White, who has remained with McNair and monitored the tests that he has undergone.

Former Northern Ireland team doctor Cameron Ramsey told the Belfast Telegraph: "The fact that Paddy is due to leave hospital and hasn't required surgery would suggest that the injury isn't too serious and the two-week recovery period which has been talked about seems accurate."

Provided that McNair's recovery is straightforward he should be in the Northern Ireland squad for a planned friendly against Iceland at Windsor Park next month.

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