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Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty 'never felt better' after injury scare

Striker 'never felt better' ahead of Sunday game.

The prospects of Kyle Lafferty starting Sunday's Poland Euro 2016 tournament opener is looking positive as he declared he "never felt better" as the striker returned to horsing around in training - literally.

The team took part in an early morning training session at their training camp in Lyon with Lafferty among the squad.

The forward hobbled off from a training session in pain after suffering a twist of his groin on Tuesday. However, scans proved the injury was minor.

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He was forced to sit out a training session, but on Friday was back to full training.

And a resistance test for Lafferty - with Josh Magennis at the reigns - proved "neigh bother" for the country's talisman.

Later he said he "never felt better".

In a video on the national team's Facebook page, he added.

"I thought the worse, as you do.

"But the longer the day went on I felt better and after the scan the results came back clear, I could get back into the intensive training.

"I've never felt better and I've never prepared better for a game.

"There will be 40,000 fans in the Poland game and that will be incredible.

"It'll be our biggest international game and we are going to put in a performance for the fans, the manager and our families."


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