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Craig Cathcart a doubt for Euro 2016 opener

Watford defender Craig Cathcart faces an anxious wait to find out the extent of an injury that forced him off in the first half of Northern Ireland’s final friendly tonight before Euro 2016.

Playing on the right of a three-man defence, the Watford defender went down for treatment on 28 minutes against Slovakia, but did not look comfortable after getting back to his feet. He was swiftly replaced by Aaron Hughes, who won his 100th cap. Michael O’Neill’s side play Poland in their opening game of the tournament next Sunday.

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Gerry Armstrong, the Northern Ireland legend who spent three years at Watford, was not happy with the nature of the challenges from England’s Group B opponents. Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel, who Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo gave a real going over in December, was particularly robust.

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“This is the last game before the Euros and you don’t need challenges like that,” said Armstrong on BBC Radio commentary. “The referee is going to have to start booking people.”

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