Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill believes Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Ward will be fit for Euro 2016

The forward has been out of action with a hamstring problem.

Northern Ireland will take part in a historic European Championships this summer after a fantastic qualifying campaign saw them qualify for the competition in France.

One player who will be hoping to feature at the competition is Jamie Ward of Nottingham Forest.

The forward has 20 caps for the Northern Ireland national team and this would be his first major championship with the nation.

Of course his participation in the tournament was recently thrown into doubt, after he picked up an injury.

Ward suffered a hamstring injury earlier this month and has not played since – with it suggested he could be a doubt for the Euros.

But Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has told the Belfast Telegraph that he expects his forward to be fit and that he is integral to his plans for the summer:

"He's not going to be a risk though I don't think he will play too much between now and the end of the season, if at all.

"The energy he gives us either out wide or through the middle is great. He is massive for us and we certainly miss him when he is not fit. It is very important for us that he gets back fit and is ready for the finals."

So it sounds like Ward may not feature for Forest again this season, especially with the club having very little to play for in the final two games of the campaign.

But he can start to look forward to the Euros in France.

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