McCann and Bruce to miss Portugal clash

Grant McCann has withdrawn with a knee problem. Photo: PA

Grant McCann and Alex Bruce have withdrawn from the Northern Ireland squad for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Portugal, the Irish Football Association have confirmed.

Peterborough midfielder McCann has a knee problem and Hull defender Bruce a groin injury and both have returned to their clubs.

Manager Michael O'Neill has not called up any replacements at this stage.

Portugal lost 1-0 to Russia yesterday to sit second in Group F on six points from three games. Northern Ireland have one point from two matches.