NI boss Michael O'Neill ponders centre-back options for Israel game

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NI boss Michael O'Neill ponders centre-back options for Israel game

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill says Craig Cathcart, Alex Bruce, Rory McArdle and Chris Baird will be in contention to replace suspended centre-backs Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley in Tuesday's World Cup qualifiers against Israel.

Chris Brunt and Martin Paterson sat out training in Tel Aviv on Sunday but O'Neill expects both to be available for the concluding World Cup qualifier.

O'Neill added that the squad had regrouped after Friday's hugely disappointing 2-0 defeat by Azerbaijan.