Date: 6th June 2016 at 11:02am
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When Craig Cathcart was forced off in a Euro 2016 warm up friendly on Saturday some concerns were raised about his fitness for Northern Ireland this summer.

His national team boss Michael O’Neill has played any worries.

Cathcart, along with his Northern Ireland teammate Kyle Lafferty, was forced off against Slovakia at the weekend but the Watford defender will ‘be fine’ for the Euro 2016 kick-off against Poland.

It was a match that involved some heavy challenges in Trnava with Cathcart going off after just half an hour, following a knee to his back, with Aaron Hughes coming on in his place to win his 100th cap.

O’Neill, with the Watford Observer carrying his quotes, said Cathcart wanted to stay on but he wasn’t taking any chances. Had this been a match at the Euros he wouldn’t have been withdrawn.

‘They’re both fine; it was precautionary. Cathcart got a bad challenge, I thought. Obviously it was let go, like many. Kyle just had a little bit of a tight calf from a kick. We had planned to take off Kyle on 60 to 65 minutes. He wanted to stay on but there was no sense in it, and the same with Craig. If it was the Poland game in that situation and we needed them, they wouldn’t have come off.’

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