Striker Ciprian Marica is to miss Romania's top-of-Group F encounter with Northern Ireland on 14 November after the Konysapor player confirmed that he would be out of action for a further six to eight weeks after surgery on his right knee. In a message to his club's fans, Marica wrote: "I know that you've been waiting to see me play for a long time. Words cannot express how sad it makes me not to be able to do my utmost there. The injury I picked up three or four weeks ago is still with me. All the treatment methods we tried so far have not worked so I need to undergo a cartilege operation on my right knee. This will keep me away from Konyaspor fans between six to eight weeks." Marica scored the winner against Turkey in Romania's opening Group F game but was absent for the October games against Hungary and Finland.
The presence of Finland in Romania's group has been greeted with mixed feelings by fans of the visitors in Helsinki tonight. On the one hand Romania have never lost to the hosts, winning six of the eight meetings, but conversely they have never progressed out of a qualifying group when drawn in the same section as the Finns, missing out on qualifying for European Champions finals in 1972, as well as World Cups in 1974, 1986 and 2006.
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