McGinn poised for Irish bow as Davis stays at home

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Steven Davis is doubtful for Northern Ireland's friendly against Hungary tonight at Windsor Park as he is dealing with a family matter. The Rangers midfielder was expected to join the squad last night but instead has remained at home with the backing of his international manager, Nigel Worthington.

"Steven had an issue to deal with over the weekend and had dispensation to join up with us yesterday evening," said Worthington. "But he has had other family news and our thoughts and prayers are with him. However he wants the door left open if things change and I'm more than happy to do that. But the nature of the situation is we have got to prepare with what we have at the moment."

Worthington is likely to give a first cap to the Derry winger Niall McGinn, who has been impressive in training. Full-back Ryan McGivern, on loan at Morecambe from Manchester City, seems certain to get an outing in the absence of George McCartney.