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Northern Ireland recall for Kyle Lafferty after apology for 'error of judgement'

Northern Ireland and Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty has apologised for an "error of judgement" which saw him withdraw from international duties last month.

Lafferty was named in last month's squad to face Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina in a Nations League double header.

He withdrew from the panel citing an Achilles injury, and informed Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill at midnight the day before the squad met.

The IFA then invoked FIFA's five day rule which prevented him playing for his club the next weekend.

After apologising for withdrawing from the squad, Lafferty has been brought back into the panel ahead of Northern Ireland's friendly against the Republic of Ireland and their Nations League clash with Austria.

Lafferty's participation in the games is in doubt however as he has been ruled out of Rangers' Europa League game against Spartak Moscow on Thursday with a quad problem.

"I spoke to Kyle on the phone and in person in Glasgow. I also spoke to Steven Gerrard" said O'Neill at the squad announcement.

"It's good to have him back in. He has an injury concern, so his availability is contingent on how he comes through the weekend."

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