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Armband returns to Hughes

Aaron Hughes

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has confirmed that Aaron Hughes will captain the side against Italy in their Euro 2012 qualifier at Windsor Park.

The Fulham defender stood down last month as Stephen Craigan led the side to a terrific 1-0 victory against Slovenia in Maribor on his 50th appearance for his country.

Worthington said: "Stephen borrowed it for the night and had a fantastic time overall. He fully deserved the honour. Now the armband will return to Aaron against Italy. That is accepted and expected."

Blackpool defender Craig Cathcart remains doubtful after suffering a back spasm in the victory against Liverpool.

"There is a question mark over his fitness," added Worthington.