Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt, Michael O'Connor withdraw from Northern Ireland squad

Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Michael O'Connor withdraw from the Northern Ireland squad to play Friday's international friendly against Turkey.

The Irish Football Association have announced that Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Michael O'Connor have been forced to withdraw from the Northern Ireland squad.

The trio were originally called up by manager Michael O'Neill for Friday's international friendly against Turkey, but have been pulled out four days before the clash.

The Irish FA have confirmed that McAuley has withdrawn due to personal reasons, while groin and knee problems have ruled out Brunt, and O'Connor has been forced out with a thigh injury.

Northern Ireland will take on Turkey at the Adana 5 Ocak Stadium at 7pm on Friday.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill on the touchline during the World Cup qualifier against Portugal on September 6, 2013
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