Sanchez names depleted squad
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez has named his squad for their World Cup double-header against Azerbaijan and Austria.
Sanchez is short of options due to suspensions and injuries.
Steve Jones, Paul McVeigh and George McCartney are all sidelined due to injury, while David Healy, Michael Hughes and Tony Capaldi are all suspended for the trip to Baku.
Because of his absentee list, Sanchez has called-up in-experienced duo Chris Brunt of Sheffield Wednesday and Portadown's Gary Hamilton.
Sanchez could yet add further to his squad with Aston Villa's Steven Davis, Stockport's Danny Griffin and Leicester's Keith Gillespie all possibilities
"We already had three players out suspended so to have another three pull out is disappointing but as I've always said I'm only interested in those who are available," said Sanchez.
Squad in full: Maik Taylor (Birmingham City), Roy Carroll (Machester United), Colin Murdock (Hibernian) , Aaron Hughes (Newcastle Utd) Stephen Craigan (Motherwell), Mark Williams (Milton Keynes Dons), Mark Clyde (Wolves), Chris Baird (Southampton), Damien Johnson (Birmingham City), Danny Sonner (Peterborough Utd), Jeff Whitley (Sunderland), Tommy Doherty (Bristol City), Stuart Elliott (Hull City), Andrew Smith (Preston North End), James Quinn (Willem II), David Healy (Preston North End), Gary Hamilton (Portadown), Chris Brunt (Sheffield Wednesday).