World Cup - Lafferty returns for Russia clash

Michael O'Neill has named a 20-man squad for next week's World Cup qualifying clash against Russia, with Kyle Lafferty chosen.

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Kyle Lafferty, right, is set to lead the line for Northern Ireland against Russia

Striker Kyle Lafferty, who sat out the last qualifier due to suspension, is among the party for the Group F game next Wednesday at Windsor Park.

Fellow frontman David Healy, midfielder Paddy McCourt and defender Chris Baird - all currently without a club - have not been included, while West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt is also absent.

The fixture had originally been scheduled for March, but heavy snow and icy playing conditions in Belfast saw it postponed.

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