The international break – don’t we all just love it?
And on top of our horrendous injury list, Jamal Lewis didn’t travel while Kenny McLean and Todd Cantwell were sent home before they could kick a ball in anger.
Surely this is unprecedented – nine players out and three more who will need the kid-glove treatment between now and Bournemouth.
According to the very reliable David Freezer at Archant, all three squad exclusions are precautionary and Tom Trybull is back in team training (I’ve seen the vid clip so I know that the latter is spot on).
So let’s hope all of the rest of ours return safely to Colney next week.
But this whole scenario has made me have a good old head scratch and try and recall as many Norwich City players as I can who have played for their nation while simultaneously wearing the Yellow and Green.
I’m not thinking about Jan Molby, Tim Krul or Martin Peters who respectively played for Denmark, the Netherlands and England before they joined us.
Or unlucky, underappreciated folks like Kevin Keelan, Ian Crook and indeed Peters again who most of us think should have appeared for England while on the books at Carrow Road, but those who actually played for their nations whilst Canaries.
My roster is from personal recall only as I would imagine this topic is difficult to google even if I could be bothered to try.
Wales: Mark Bowen, Jerry Goss, David Phillips, Iwan Roberts and (maybe) Mark Walton.
Scotland: Robert Fleck, Bryan Gunn, Grant Hanley, Kenny McLean.
Ireland: Wes Hoolahan.
Northern Ireland: Jamal Lewis, Michael McGovern.
England: Mark Barham.
Finland: Teemu Pukki.
In my usual succinct manner, I am buggered if I can think of any more so if any of our MFW readers can add to my list I’m sure we’d collectively be delighted for your suggestions.
And being a gentleman (maybe) I am drawing a veil over England’s performance in Prague. Perhaps Gareth Southgate has not dissimilar problems to Daniel Farke but unlike DF has a heck of a lot to choose from.
Anyway, I’d love to hear of any international players I’ve missed out – and I’m sure there must be a few.
Normality resumes at the end of the week