Manchester United youngster Jonny Evans has been demoted to Northern Ireland's Under 21 squad.
The Belfast-born defender has been ever-present in the senior squad since making his debut against Spain in September last year.
He had been on loan at Belgian club Royal Antwerp at the time before helping Sunderland to promotion from the Championship.
But as Northern Ireland prepare for their must-win Euro 2008 qualifiers against Denmark and Spain the starlet has received disappointing news.
Evans missed the country's 1-1 draw in Sweden in October because of an ankle injury, and will now turn out for the Under 21s in November as boss Nigel Worthington sticks by his Stockholm stars.
The 19-year-old stopper will face Luxembourg and Moldova instead, as he looks to play his way back into Sir Alex Ferguson's plans for this season.
Evans featured in the Carling Cup exit against Coventry City at the end of September, but has failed to force his way into the senior set-up at Old Trafford since.