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Friday 9 December 2016

Lafferty feels in top form

Kyle Lafferty
Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty returned to horsing around at training yesterday before declaring himself fit for Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 opener with Poland in Nice tomorrow.

The 28-year-old striker brushed off any concerns over the groin problem which forced him to the sidelines on Tuesday by rejoining Michael O'Neill's group three days later and was in high spirits.

During a resistance-band training exercise, he mimicked a horse at the Saint-Georges-de-Reneins training base, much to the amusement of his colleagues, and then insisted that he would be fine for the Polish test lying in wait on the French Riviera.

He said: "Seeing the way I fell, the way I landed, I thought the worst, but I came through it and got the scan results which were all clear. I've never felt better."

Group C: N Ireland v Poland tomorrow (rté 2/bbc 1 5.0)

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