Onel Hernandez on lockdown life

Onel Hernandez admits Norwich City's squad is missing the game Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Onel Hernandez admits Norwich City's squad is missing the game Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Onel Hernandez is enjoying the family time but would love to be pushing his claims to get back involved with Norwich City after an injury-hit season.

The Cuban needed two knee operations that had curtailed his chances of staking a regular place in Daniel Farke’s Premier League plans prior to the sport’s shutdown.

Hernandez hinted last month the extended pause, due to the global pandemic, might even allow him to feature if the current season does resume in the weeks ahead.

For now, his thoughts remain with those in real danger fighting coronavirus, speaking on Thursday evening ahead of what has become #ClapForCarers night, where people across the UK show their support for the NHS and key workers.

“Lockdown is a very different situation for us all. We have never had something like this before to experience,” he said. “On the other side it is an opportunity to spend a lot of time with your family, which is lovely.

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“But it can also be a little boring. You have to stay at home and maybe only allowed to go out once for a walk or exercise.

“It is a tough time but you have to say the NHS and the frontline workers are doing a great job and for the rest of us we just have to stay at home, save lives and be patient.”

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Hernandez was taking part in a light-hearted question and answer session with the football club, in partnership with the Norwich City Fans’ Social Club.

The flying wide player was asked to pick a team mate he could spend time in isolation with.

“If I had to isolate with one of my team mates I would go with Timm Klose,” he said. “For the reason I think he is a very smart person and in this period I think I would learn a lot from him. He is definitely the funniest person in the squad. He comes out with a lot of freaky jokes. You can have a laugh with everyone in the squad but we are all serious when it comes to the football.”

Both Hernandez and Klose were signed by Norwich from the Bundesliga set-up and the German football authorities announced they are making tentative plans to resume the domestic season next month, after a Thursday meeting with all 36 professional clubs.

“If we start on May 9, we are ready. If it is later, we will be ready again,” said German Football League (DFL) chief executive Christian Seifert. “For us, what is decisive is what the politicians will decide.

“It is not for us to decide when. Games without spectators are not what we want - but at the moment the only thing that seems feasible.”

The Premier League and the Football League both remain committed to a return when it is safe to do so, but the government extended the current lockdown across the whole of society until May 7 at the earliest.

The next Premier League shareholders’ meeting, which will be attended remotely by City and the other 20 top flight clubs, is set for May 1.

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