Conor Washington will miss the staying three Qualifiers having a hamstring injury of Northern Ireland.
Washington, that began from the 2-0 defeat earlier this month, picked up the injury when stretching to Motherwell for the ball in Hearts’ 3-2 home loss on Saturday and will be out of action for three months.
Northern Ireland are battling with Germany and the Netherlands for 2 qualification places, with forward Washington significant for their own high-press style in recent games.
Northern Ireland and germany are equal together with Germany in position, on 12 points at the top of the table through goal difference.
Netherlands are in third with two points, however have just one match in hand.
Before completing Group C with a home match followed by Germany away michael O’Neill’s side travel to Rotterdam month.
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