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O'Connor pulls out

11 November 2013

Rotherham midfielder Michael O'Connor has withdrawn from Northern Ireland's squad to play Turkey on Friday.

O'Connor has been struggling with an injury he picked up on international duty in September and although he has been featuring for the Millers in recent weeks, boss Steve Evans insists he has not been fully fit.

And after liaising with Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill it has been agreed that O'Connor will play no part in Friday's friendly.

Speaking before the decision was made, Evans said: "Michael wouldn't want to go at this minute because he is not 100 per cent, he is in the 90s and he would only want to step out for his country if he was 100 per cent.

"But we respect the decision that Michael O'Neill and Northern Ireland make, we are not here to go against the protocol. We hope he understands that we are saying he is not 100 per cent, because I wouldn't want to play players who weren't."

O'Connor is expected to be in the Rotherham squad that travels to Stevenage in League One on Saturday.

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