Euro 2016: Paddy McNair returns home after injury

Northern Ireland's Paddy McNair.
Northern Ireland's Paddy McNair.

Paddy McNair has finally returned home from Helsinki after spending three nights in hospital.

McNair was injured in Northern Ireland’s final Euro 2016 qualifier, a 1-1 draw against Finland, coming off early in the second half.

The 20-year-old, making just his second competitive international start, suffered bruised ribs and an abdominal injury while there were also concerns he might have damaged his liver.

While his team-mates flew home on Monday, McNair was kept in hospital for assessment for two further nights with Irish FA doctor David White in attendance.

He was allowed to fly back to Manchester on Wednesday but is expected to face at least another fortnight on the sidelines.