Norwich City defender Jamal Lewis has withdrawn from the Northern Ireland squad for the upcoming internationals.
The young defender was said to have suffered a knee injury in a clash during the 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Aston Villa.
There was concerns over a potential elbow injury to Lewis prior to the fixture against Crystal Palace, though it wasn’t as severe as first suspected.
Lewis’ withdrawal from the Northern Ireland squad has seen it been trimmed down to 24 men with no immediate plan to replace him.
The injury to Lewis means manager Daniel Farke has an injury crisis on his hands at the moment. The Northern Irishman is the 11th player currently on the treatment table for the Norfolk side, with 10 players having missed the loss to the Villans at the weekend (via BBC).
The German spoke of the impact injuries were having on the morale of his squad, saying it affected their performance against their fellow newly-promoted rivals.
He said: “There were too many problems today and too many odds against us in order to be competitive and for that, we are disappointed with this result and it’s a tough afternoon definitely.” (Source: Birmingham Mail)
To lose a player like Lewis makes the loss even more heartbreaking for the Canaries. The 21-year-old has been in superb form Norwich this season, making the second-least number of fouls per game of any player in the squad (via WhoScored), showing a cool and calm demeanour in defence. Lewis has also shown a keenness to push forward, to brilliant effect, averaging the second-most dribbles per game of any player in the squad.
As a result, the backup left-back Philip Heise has barely seen any action this campaign, featuring in just one game for the Canaries (via Transfermarkt).
Losing Lewis is disastrous for Farke as it only adds to an ever-growing injury list, while his side also loses one of their key defensive and attacking players.
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