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Northern Ireland forward Conor Washington ruled out of three months with hamstring tear

Northern Ireland forward Conor Washington
Northern Ireland forward Conor Washington

Northern Ireland forward Conor Washington will miss the remainder of the nation's Euro 2020 qualifying group matches.

The 26-year-old was withdrawn early from Hearts' defeat to Motherwell last weekend and it had initially been thought his injury would keep him out for weeks rather than months.

However, Hearts have now confirmed a tear was identified by scans, ruling the player out until mid-December.

As well as proving a significant blow to struggling Hearts, who are bottom of the Scottish Premiership with two points from five games, the news means Washington will sit out Northern Ireland's games home and away against the Netherlands and the trip to Germany.

Aside from Will Grigg, who last played for the country almost one year ago, Washington's injury leaves Josh Magennis, Shayne Lavery and Kyle Lafferty as the only fit forwards.

Liam Boyce didn't feature against Luxembourg or Germany earlier this month due to a hamstring issue and his Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough says he must be 'a little bit cautious' in the coming weeks. Paul Smyth, currently on loan with Wycombe Wanderers, withdrew from the panel due to a foot injury.

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