Canaries star pulls out of England U21 squad
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Norwich City right-back Max Aarons has pulled out of the England Under-21 squad, following a blow to the head during Saturday’s win over Swansea.
The first half was finished with Aarons still down and getting treatment on the pitch, after appearing to collide heads with Swans striker Jamal Lowe in an aerial challenge.
He eventually got to his feet and made his way to the dressing room for half-time after being checked by medical staff, then went on to complete the full game.
However, after feeling unwell after the conclusion of the 1-0 victory at Carrow Road, it’s been decided that it’s best for the 20-year-old to rest after a busy start to the season.
A City statement confirmed: “Following the game, Aarons reported signs of concussion and, owing to the FA’s protocols, will now miss England Under-21s’ fixtures against Andorra and Albania.”
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Aarons has played every minute of the Canaries’ 11 Championship matches and played in all four of the England U21s’ games, earning his ninth cap in a 2-1 home win over Turkey last month which sealed European U21 Championship qualification.
That means that qualifiers against Andorra and Albania at Molineux are dead rubbers and opportunities for Aidy Boothroyd to experiment ahead of the finals, which are scheduled to be split in two in Hungary and Slovenia, with the group stages in March and the kncokouts stages to start in May.
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The Young Lions have already seen former Canaries defender Ben Godfrey and his Everton team-mate Tom Davies pull out due to injury issues - although both were on the bench as Everton lost 3-1 at home to Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.
City’s on-loan Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp is due to join up with the U21s, having started all of Norwich’s games so far this season, as he looks to add to his six caps.
Todd Cantwell has missed the Canaries’ last two games with an ankle problem but hadn’t been included in the Young Lions’ squad for their games in October anyway.
Boothroyd had already called up two new players to his squad, 17-year-old Bayern Munich forward Jamal Musiala and Derby defender Lee Buchanan, with Aarons’ absence leaving Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey as the senior right-back option.