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Key men out for Swiss and N. Irish

Northern Ireland centre back Aaron Hughes looks unlikely to be fit for their World Cup play-off first leg against Switzerland at Windsor Park on Friday morning (Singapore time).

The 37-year-old former Newcastle United player, who has made 108 international appearances, did not play in Hearts' 2-1 loss to Kilmarnock on Sunday due to a calf problem.

Switzerland will also be without defender Johan Djourou due to a knee injury, while midfielder Valon Behrami is expected to sit out due to a thigh problem. - WIRE SERVICES

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