Hughes has faith in Healy

Northern Ireland skipper backs striker to rediscover form

Healy: Short on goals

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Northern Ireland skipper Aaron Hughes is confident David Healy will soon be back on the goal trail.

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Sunderland striker Healy, his country's all-time leading goalscorer, has gone two years since he last notched at international level.

A lack of domestic activity has severely hindered his cause, with forwards in need of games if they are to remain razor sharp.

He is no longer guaranteed a starting role for Northern Ireland, with Rangers frontman Kyle Lafferty having impressed on recent outings.

Hughes, though, maintains complete faith in Healy's ability to get goals and is confident his current barren spell will not be weighing on his mind.

"No, I do not think it is getting to him," said the Fulham defender.

Proven

"In training he is exactly the same. Around the hotel he is exactly the same. He enjoys scoring goals, that is how he has made his living and if he gets one then I am sure more goals will follow.

"I would be delighted if David managed to get a goal against the Faroes (on Tuesday)

"But it wouldn't be just because he's ended his lean spell, it would be because it was towards a Northern Ireland win and a vital three points in our qualifying campaign.

"When a striker goes a few games without scoring, the attention seems to go on him. But we are all willing him to score.

"He is a goalscorer, a proven one at that. Every striker goes through a lean spell and I'm confident he will come out of it scoring plenty of goals."