Pukki, McLean and Sinani among the City players set for international action
Nations League action resumes for Norwich City’s players today.
Canaries forward Danel Sinani, currently on loan in Belgium at Waasland Beveren, only played the final 26 minutes as Luxembourg lost a home friendly 2-1 to Liechtenstein on Wednesday.
He will be hoping to earn his 25th cap when Cyprus visit today (2pm UK time) in Group C1. Luxembourg won their group opener 2-1 in Azerbaijan last month but then lost 1-0 at home to Montenegro.
Most of the action for City players is on Sunday though.
Tim Krul made his first appearance for Holland for five years on Wednesday but couldn’t keep out a penalty from Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, as the Dutch lost a friendly 1-0 to Mexico in Amsterdam, winning his ninth cap.
Valencia keeper Jasper Cillessen is likely to reclaim the gloves though, for a Group A1 clash in Bosnia & Herzegovina (5pm).
At the same time, Finland will be hoping that Teemu Pukki can return as they host Bulgaria in Group B4. The City striker was kept out of a 5-1 friendly defeat in Poland on Wednesday after treatment on an infected toe.
The Finns lost 1-0 at home to Wales in their group opener last month but won 1-0 away to Ireland.
Canaries goalkeeper Michael McGovern is likely to be on the bench again as Northern Ireland host Austria in Group B1 but midfielder Kenny McLean will be buoyed by his penalty heroics as Scotland entertain Slovakia in Group B2 (both 7.45pm kick-offs).
The 28-year-old only replaced Stephen O’Donnell with seven minutes remaining of extra-time of a 0-0 draw with Israel at Hampden Park on Thursday night, in a European Championship play-off semi-final.
But after former Norwich number one David Marshall had saved the visitors’ first spot-kick in the shoot-out, it was McLean who stepped forward for the fifth penalty, after all his team-mates had scored.
He converted successfully to make his 12th cap a memorable occasion and set up a decider, away to Serbia, as the Scots aim for a first tournament since the 1998 World Cup.