It amazed a lot of teammates how Connor McLaughlin, the full-back from Fleetwood, England League One, suddenly emerged from ‘nowhere’ to feature in nearly every match in the qualifier matches to Euro 2016 tournament.
The 25-year-old has hardly been left behind in the team since, missing just one game in qualifying which was due to suspension. McLaughlin prepared and was determined to play against some of the best attackers in the world as Northern Ireland met Germany, Poland and Ukraine in their first appearance at the European Championship finals on the back of 12 matches without a loss.
“It has been an amazing journey, a few years ago nobody would know who I was,” said McLaughlin at the squad’s training base at Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. “It has been brilliant to be a part of this team and making history nearly every week now. We have got an unbeaten run going and it is amazing to be present and participating here. Hopefully we can do well in the tournament.
There is bad news for Preston as their key defender Conor Mclaughlin has suffered a major ankle injury where he managed to dislocate his ankle and fracture his fibula.
This unfortunate accident took place during his last match on Saturday. Preston are already struggling to make a hold in the Championship table, currently at the foot of the ranking table. To add to this misfortune, Conor is unlikely to be available for quite a while now.
It means bringing in a new player on to the field or bringing about a change in the strategy. Losing a key defender like Conor Mclaughlin has disappointed the boss Phil Brown who feels bad to see that such a vital and hot prospect for the team now has to be on the sidelines for quite some time.