Jonny Evans back for World Cup qualifiers

Leicester City defender Jonny Evans has returned to the Northern Ireland squad for October’s World Cup qualifiers in Switzerland and Bulgaria.

The 33-year-old missed September’s qualifiers with Lithuania and Switzerland with a foot injury.

Evans managed his first full 90 minutes of the season in Leicester’s League Cup win over Millwall on 22 September.

Stuart Dallas, Corry Evans and Josh Magennis also return after missing September’s matches.

Leeds United utility man Dallas sat out the win over Lithuania and draw with Switzerland through personal reasons while Jonny Evans and Magennis missed the games through injury.

However there is no place for Anorthosis Famagusta forward Kyle Lafferty or Hearts striker Liam Boyce, with the latter making himself unavailable for selection.

Northern Ireland face Switzerland on 9 October before travelling to Bulgaria three days later.

Ian Baraclough’s men sit third in Group C, three points behind Switzerland in second position and nine back on runaway leaders and European champions Italy.

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