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Northern Ireland striker a doubt for Netherlands clash after picking up hamstring injury

Conor Washington
Conor Washington

Northern Ireland could be without forward Conor Washington for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands in Rotterdam.

The Hearts forward lasted only 19 minutes after coming on as a substitute during his club's defeat to Motherwell on Saturday.

The 27-year-old was taken off with a hamstring problem and is expected to be facing a number of weeks on the sidelines.

That is not the news Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill will have wanted to hear after picking Washington as his starting forward against Germany last week.

His nation's crunch trip to face the Netherlands is only three and a half week away and, should Washington not make it, he would leave 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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