Norwich City pair Klose and Pukki emerge unscathed after international duty
PUBLISHED: 21:49 18 November 2018
Daniel Farke looks to have no new injury worries for the resumption of Championship duties following the international break.
While the City boss and a number of players were across the Atlantic in Tampa for a winter break, some of his big stars were on international duty in the Uefa Nations League.
Star striker Teemu Pukki played the full 90 minutes for Finland, who lost 2-0 in Hungary on Sunday night, while centre-half Timm Klose played the whole of a stunning performance by Switzerland, who beat Belgium 5-2.
Farke – who takes City to Swansea on Saturday – had urged Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill to spare young left-back Jamal Lewis a busy workload – and got what he wanted, with the youngster rested for Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat to Austria.
“They have played virtually every game for their clubs this season,” said O’Neill, also explaining the absence of young keeper Billy Peacock-Farrell.
“They have obviously played a lot of international football as well and I didn’t think there was any point putting them in. It is just an opportunity to give them a wee rest.”
Lewis’ club-mate, goalkeeper Michael McGovern, was an unused substitute.
Full-back Max Aarons played the full 90 minutes as England U19s made it two wins from two games in Euro qualifying on Saturday, with a 3-1 victory over Iceland. City were also represented in the Iceland team, with Atli Barkarson playing the full 90 and Isak Thorvaldsson on for just over an hour.
The Under-19s are in action again on Tuesday night when they face Turkey.
Promising Academy prospect Adam Idah scored again for the Republic of Ireland Under-18s after coming on as a half-time sub, but England scored three times in the final 15 minutes for a 3-1 win in a four-team invitational tournament in Spain on Saturday. Idah could be involved again on Monday, with the Under-18s facing the Netherlands, whole the young Iceland team face Moldova.