midfielder Oliver Norwood will continue being an absentee for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers in June due to private reasons.

“I don’t expect Oliver to become available for its matches in June,” said Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill after Sunday’s dramatic 2-1 win over Belarus.

Northern Ireland will face Estonia off on 8 June and also Belarus three days later.

When announcing the squad for this month’s qualifiers,” O’Neill voiced optimism that Norwood wouldbe”straight back together with us if not in June, clearly by September”.

Norwood combined the Blades to a permanent deal in January having spent the first half of the season on loan at the Bramall Lane club.

The northernireland player has made 3 4 Championship looks this season, scoring three goals in the approach.

After Sunday’s last-gasp triumph, Northern Ireland lead Group C on six points – three in front of who earned a stunning launch 3-2 away win over the Netherlands on Sunday night, with the Dutch also on three points after two matches.

O’Neill’s side will start a streak of four concluding games against the Group C large firearms with a home game against on 9 September.

Northern Ireland will soon be off to the Netherlands on 10 October before a November doubleheader that sees them hosting both the Dutch and facing away.


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