Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty suffers Euro 2016 injury scare
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Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty has suffered a groin injury scare after limping out of training on Tuesday morning ahead of Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 bow.
Lafferty was clearly in pain after collapsing to the turf during a session at his country's training base of Saint-Georges-de-Reneins near Lyon, before television pictures later showed him sitting in a pitchside ice bath.
Michael O'Neill made it clear following the session his star man had been withdrawn as a precaution ahead of Sunday's opener against Poland, with Lafferty a crucial figure after scoring seven goals in qualifying.
The ex-Rangers striker finished the domestic season on loan at Championship club Birmingham City after a bit-part role in Norwich's Premier League relegation.
The 28-year-old was forced to allay concerns on Monday he had suffered a calf problem after a precautionary early exit from his country's final warm-up friendly against Slovakia.
'I got a kick in my calf in the first-half and it tightened up a bit,' he said. 'It was too sore to continue, but it was just a precaution that I came off. The Poland game is too important to take any chances. In terms of my fitness I haven't felt as good as this for a long time - probably a year.
'I'm probably chasing balls at the moment that Michael doesn't want me to chase. At the back of my mind, I've wanted to get as many minutes under my belt as I could heading into the tournament. I wanted to be 100pc fit going into the opening group game with Poland in Nice and I believe I've achieved that.'
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