Valon Behrami has emerged as a slight injury concern for Walter Mazzarri, who confirmed he will be without Craig Cathcart for the second match running.
Behrami, who is so central to Mazzarri’s plans, played the full 90 minutes of Switzerland’s 3-2 win over Hungary on Friday but was not involved at all against Andorra on Monday night and has been undergoing treatment since he got back.
“Behrami, we have some doubts but we don’t think he is a risk,” said Mazzarri who knows the player needs his knees – which underwent major surgery in 2009 and 2011 – carefully managed at the age of 31.
Cathcart, meanwhile, withdrew from the Northern Ireland squad and is still troubled by the groin-hip problem that saw him visit a specialist in Udinese.
“Cathcart is still having some problems from a long time, even when we started pre-season,” said the head coach. “The problem is from a long time and is from the legs to the abdomen. He will not make it.”
There is slightly better news with regards Miguel Britos, who missed the Bournemouth game. “He will probably recover for Sunday,” said the head coach.
The head coach also said he would find it “very difficult to predict how long” Daryl Janmaat (shoulder), Stefano Okaka (hamstring) and Brice Dje Djedje (foot) would be out.