Lafferty set for knee scan

Striker facing race against time to be fit for Slovakia clash

Lafferty: Injury blow

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Kyle Lafferty is to undergo a scan on the knee injury which forced him out of Northern Ireland's 1-1 draw with Poland on Saturday.

The Rangers striker had looked bright during the 2010 World Cup qualifier, and forced a 37th minute breakthrough to hand the Irish the lead.

However, he hobbled off shortly after the interval to be replaced by Burnley's Martin Paterson.

Lafferty is now facing a race against time to be fit for a crunch midweek showdown with Slovakia.

"The situation with Kyle is ongoing, but we will know more after the scan," said Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington.

Lafferty's team-mates know how important his physical presence could be on Wednesday and Motherwell defender Stephen Craigan is hoping the burly frontman pulls through.

"Kyle was having a great game and asking questions of Poland," he said.

"He was winning things in the air and getting in behind them.

"That was his best 45 minutes in a Northern Ireland jersey, but then unfortunately he had to come off."