October 31 2014 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Neil Adams is braced for a nervous few days as he waits to get a clean bill of health from Norwich City’s international brigade.
The Canaries’ chief admitted he is not enjoying his first experience of losing so many of his key men, with nearly a full side departing for upcoming games spread around Europe and Jamar Loza scheduled to part of Jamaica’s squad for next week’s friendly trip to Canada.
Republic of Ireland international Wes Hoolahan sat out training for the Irish during the early part of the week as a precaution after his recent heavy workload with the Irish in action this evening against Oman in Dublin friendly. Alex Tettey could also be on duty for Norway at Wembley and Adams is well aware of the potential risks.
“I think its nine or 10 in total with the younger lads. I can remember thinking many times why do club managers moan so much about internationals? Now I know. I didn’t want any of them to go,” he said. “I can now see why managers are sat at home anxiously waiting for the phone call to say they are okay and on the way back. Ten is a lot for any team. On the one hand it shows you how well we are doing that these players and that number are now getting called up for countries. On the other, the phone will be glued to my ear waiting for them to come back. It’s not good for club managers, for players and supporters they probably think its great to have that many because it speaks volumes for what we have here, but I just want those games to be done and dusted and they come back fit and healthy.”
City do not play again until the trip to Cardiff City on September 13, but the early-season break will allow Norwich’s new signing Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe to get used to his new surroundings.
“We have got a very good player,” said Adams. “He is one we have been after all summer. He has been wanted by Premier League teams previously and he is a quality individual, an attacking player who can play anywhere central or wider or higher. He also scores goals and he is a very good all-round player.”