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Norwich want Northern Ireland to rest Jamal Lewis from upcoming internationals

Jamal Lewis was named the EFL's Young Player of the Month for September.
Jamal Lewis was named the EFL's Young Player of the Month for September.

By Russell Stoddart in the Sunday Life

Norwich City boss Daniel Farke will ask Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill to rest left-back Jamal Lewis from the forthcoming international fixtures against the Republic of Ireland and Austria.

Speaking after the 20-year-old helped the Canaries go top of the Championship with an emphatic 4-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday, the German admitted he is worried that Lewis could suffer burn-out so early in the campaign.

Lewis has played 19 games so far for club and country and is attracting Premier League scouts in increasing numbers, with his form earning a new five-year deal with the Norfolk club and September’s Championship Young Player of the Month award.

Farke hopes that with Northern Ireland playing the Republic in a friendly and already bottom of their Nations League group having lost all three matches so far, then O’Neill might be persuaded to leave Lewis out of his next squad.

Asked if he would hold talks with O’Neill, he told the Sunday Life: “Yes, he’s been playing all the games — nearly a game every three days — and without a pre-season.

“It would help a lot if he could be rested because he was struggling in pre-season with injury problems, even though he coped with it.

“It is totally up to him (O’Neill) if he wants to rest him.

“Sometimes a bit less load would be good for him, but playing for your country is such a great honour. We are happy for Jamal if he wants to do this.”

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