Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty suffers Euro 2016 injury scare

Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty suffers an injury scare on Tuesday morning at Northern Ireland's

Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty suffers an injury scare on Tuesday morning at Northern Ireland's training session. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

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Michael O'Neill made it clear following the session his star man had been withdrawn as a precaution ahead of Sunday's opener against Poland, with Lafferty a crucial figure after scoring seven goals in qualifying.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.

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'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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