Belfast Telegraph

Carroll battles bug with goalkeeper crisis looming

Roy Carroll is in danger of missing Northern Ireland's crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania.

The goalkeeper was conspicuous by his absence during Wednesday's open training session at Queen's University's sports facilities and he was also missing yesterday when the players worked out at Windsor Park.

Instead Carroll has been confined to his room at the squad's north Down base, away from the rest of the players, after going down with a stomach bug shortly after meeting up earlier in the week.

Manager Michael O'Neill will give Carroll as much time as possible as he is desperately hoping that the 37-year-old makes a speedy recovery in time for what is Northern Ireland's biggest home game in 30 years.

Not only is Carroll the only goalkeeper available to O'Neill with any real international experience, he is the only one of the three in the squad who has played in a competitive fixture.

All three of Michael McGovern's appearances have come in friendly matches while Trevor Carson, in for the unavailable Alan Mannus, remains uncapped.

Belfast Telegraph