Wanderers forward Dion Charles has withdrawn from the Northern Ireland squad due to a “recurrence” of his knee injury.

Charles had been called up, along with team-mate Eoin Toal, for the friendlies against Spain on Saturday, June 8 and Andorra on Tuesday, June 11.

However, Michael O’Neill has confirmed that the forward will play no part in either fixture due to his knee issue.

He said: “The players and staff have had a great week training and preparing for the important friendly against Spain.

“Some players came in later to the camp because of their club schedules. We have a full bill of health other than Dion, who had to withdraw due to the knee injury that he had.

“Dion has left the camp, which is obviously the right thing for him to do, and we send him our best wishes. This has left us with a squad of 25 players.”

Charles spent a couple of months on the sidelines but returned for the final games of the regular season, scoring a penalty in the 3-3 draw at Peterborough.

The 28-year-old bagged a brace in the play-off semi-final first leg at Oakwell. He also started the second leg and the Wembley final against Oxford.

Meanwhile, Toal is looking to add to his five senior caps for his country after starting the friendlies against Romania and Scotland in March.

O’Neill added: “We have had a really good six or seven days. We have a good, young group who are bonding well, training well together and spending their downtime wisely whilst working hard on the pitch.

“They have a great work ethic and there is a good mood around the camp. Tomorrow’s session will give us a chance to sharpen up before the game on Saturday night.”

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