Jamal Lewis pulls out of Northern Ireland squad

Jamal Lewis of Norwich in action during the Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by

Jamal Lewis of Norwich in action during the Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis has withdrawn from Northern Ireland’s international squad with a knee injury.

The 21-year old suffered a fresh knock in City's 5-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Canaries confirmed the news on Monday lunchtime in a brief statement on their official site that stated he will continue to be assessed by the club's medical staff during the break.

Michael O'Neill had named City's left-back to play in their upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands and a friendly versus the Czech Republic.

Lewis' withdrawal sees O'Neill's squad trimmed down to 24 bodies with no immediate plan for a replacement to be drafted in. He has become a vital part of the set-up at Windsor Park, with the news a blow to O'Neill's preparations.

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There was concern over Lewis the week prior at Selhurst Park, but his elbow injury wasn't as severe as initially suspected. That prompted his call-up but this new injury has ruled him out of both fixtures.

Boss Daniel Farke spoke post-match regarding how injuries are affecting the Canaries' morale currently, contributing to an under-par performance against their newly-promoted rivals.

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Supporters will be seeking respite from a relentless wave of injuries plighting the current progression of the club's quest for Premier League survival, with Lewis the latest name to add to a lengthy list of casualties.

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