The international break is over and it means that fans can now start looking forward to a resumption of League hostilities at the weekend.
This break was slightly different to the norm as the Norwich squad travelled to Tampa Bay in Florida for some warm weather training. There were though, a few very important players that were away on international duty with their countries and that always has me sweating a little bit and hoping that they return unscathed.
During the last break, Teemu Pukki, who has become massively important, came back from Nations League duty with a hamstring injury. Fortunately, the Canaries’ league form wasn’t really affected but it highlights the worries that must occupy Daniel Farke’s mind, no matter what he might tell the media to the contrary.
On this occasion, all is well with Pukki. Unfortunately, his Finland side was beaten 2-0 in Hungary on Sunday night with Teemu playing the whole 90 minutes.
In other good news, Timm Klose is also fit and well, having played the whole of Switzerland’s rather stunning 5-2 win over Belgium.
Nice work, Timm.
The only other City players away with their countries were Jamal Lewis and Michael McGovern (Northern Ireland) and Max Aarons (England U19).
Lewis played the whole of Thursday’s 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland but was rested by Michael O’Neill for Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Austria, something that Daniel Farke had asked O’Neill to consider.
McGovern was an unused substitute for both games.
Max Aarons played the full 90 minutes on Saturday as England’s U19s beat Iceland 3-1, a game that also saw fellow young Canaries, Atli Barkarson and Isak Thorvaldsson take part for Iceland.
England U19s play Turkey on Tuesday evening, so fingers crossed that Max comes through that unscathed.
Meanwhile, Adam Idah scored again for the Republic of Ireland U18s in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of England U18s. Three goals in the final 15 minutes sealed the game for the young lions.