Sporting Digest: Football

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The Independent Online
Northern Ireland have lost four players through injury for Wednesday's friendly against World champions France at Windsor Park. St Johnstone striker George O'Boyle, Dundee United defender Darren Patterson, Bournemouth midfielder Stephen Robinson and Wigan goalkeeper Roy Carroll have all withdrawn from Lawrie McMenemy's squad.

TRANSFERS (Free or undisclosed fees unless stated): Eric Roy (midfielder) Marseilles (Fr) to Sunderland (pounds 200,000); Andy Roscoe (midfielder) Rotherham Utd to Mansfield Town; John Williams (forward) Cardiff City to York City; Damian Whitehead (forward) Warrington Town to Macclesfield Town; Steve Soley (midfielder) Portsmouth to Carlisle Utd; Mark Bowen (defender) Charlton Athletic to Wigan Athletic; Pape Diop (defender) Lens (Fr) to Norwich City (one-season loan).

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