No Will Grigg in NI squad to face San Marino and Germany

Will Grigg will not be joining the Northern Ireland squad for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Germany, after asking to sit out for personal reasons.

The recent birth of his child is understood to be the reason behind the Wigan striker’s request.

Grigg, 25, has become something of a cult hero despite not playing a minute at Euro 2016 and he has been in good form for the Lactics.

“Will Grigg has asked to not be in the squad due to a family situation which I'm not going to go into. It's his decision,” team boss Michael O’Neill said.

“It's a blow for Will. He’s been on the scoresheet (for Wigan) but I had a good chat with him and he didn't feel being here was right.”

Northern Ireland are set to play San Marino at Windsor Park on 8 October and then travel to face Germany three days later.

O’Neill’s 24-man squad is otherwise at full strength.