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Newcastle United international given rest only for early injury to force the issue

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Jamal Lewis has played plenty football since signing for Newcastle United.

Since early September making 12 starts for club and country, plus one sub appearance.

Jamal Lewis was given a rest on Sunday night, only for injury to force the issue.

Former NUFC player Shane Ferguson getting injured and Lewis replacing him on 35 minutes.

Northern Ireland taking the lead through Magennis on 74 minutes, only for late goals on 81 and 87 minutes to give Austria victory.

Ian Baraclough has now won none of his seven games in charge in the 90 minutes, only winning a penalty shootout against Bosnia since he took over from Martin O’Neill.

Wednesday sees another chance for Baraclough and Lewis to get a victory, when Northern Ireland host Romania.

Fabian Schar, Ciaran Clark and Emil Krafth could also be in action in midweek, though neither Miguel Almiron nor Jeff Hendrick will be.

Almiron suspended after two yellow cards in his last two matches, whilst Hendrick was sent off on Sunday against Wales.

No confirmation as yet on whether the two players have travelled back to Tyneside early ahead of Saturday’s Chelsea match.

Newcastle United internationals:

Wednesday 11 November

Belgium 2 Switzerland 1

A frustrating night for Fabian Schar as Switzerland took a first-half lead through Mehmedi and were the better team on the night, only to lose this friendly due to two second-half goals from Crystal Palace’s on-loan from Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, Belgium’s only two shots on target all night.

Denmark 2 Sweden 0

Emil Krafth and the other English based players weren’t involved due to quarantine restrictions on travellers from Denmark arriving in UK.

Thursday 12 November

Serbia 1 Scotland 1 – Scotland win 5-4 on penalties

Ryan Fraser watching on from home with a hamstring injury, celebrating as Scotland qualify for finals of 2020 Euros to be played in summer 2021. Mitrovic missing the decisive penalty.

The first major tournament for them since the 1998 World Cup in France.

Northern Ireland 1 Slovakia 2 (AET)

A night of drama in Belfast.

Jamal Lewis playing the full 120 minutes but ending on the losing side, whilst the injured Martin Dubravka celebrated from home (watch him dancing with his dog HERE), Slovakia having qualified for the Euro 2020 finals next summer.

Argentina 1 Paraguay 1

This World Cup qualifier saw Miguel Almiron in excellent form at both ends of the pitch.

The NUFC man winning the penalty that gave Paraguay the lead, as well as doubling up on Lionel Messi throughout the 90 minutes and helping to largely nullify his threat. Almiron finally subbed in the second minute of added time after an exhausting performance. A yellow card means that after picking up two bookings in his last two games, Almiron is suspended now for the Bolivia match on Tuesday.

England 3 Republic of Ireland 0

An easy win for England who totally dominated, Jeff Hendrick playing the full 90 minutes.

Saturday 14 November

Sweden 2 Croatia 1

Emil Krafth an unused sub in this Nations League victory.

Switzerland 1 Spain 1

Fabian Schar sitting this one out as suspended after sending off against Germany in same competition.

Sunday 15 November

Wales 1 Republic of Ireland 0

A poor display from Jeff Hendrick and to make matters worse, sent off in the 94th minute.

The Newcastle midfielder bringing down Tyler Roberts when he (Hendrick) was last man.

Guessing this will mean that Jeff Hendrick will be suspended for the game against Bulgaria on Wednesday, so an early return to the Newcastle training ground on the cards, ahead of Chelsea on Saturday.

Ciaran Clark stayed on the bench.

Austria 2 Northern Ireland 1

Jamal Lewis given a rest on Sunday night, only for injury to force the issue.

Former NUFC player Shane Ferguson getting injured and Lewis replacing him on 35 minutes.

Northern Ireland taking the lead through Magennis on 74 minutes, only for late goals on 81 and 87 minutes to give Austria victory.

Tuesday 17 November

France v Sweden (Emil Krafth) Nations League

Switzerland v Ukraine (Fabian Schar) Nations League

Paraguay v Bolivia (Miguel Almiron) World Cup qualifier ***Almiron suspended after picking up a booking in each of his last two matches.

Wednesday 18 November

Northern Ireland v Romania (Jamal Lewis) Nations League

Republic of Ireland v Bulgaria (Jeff Hendrick and Ciaran Clark) Nations League ***Hendrick suspended after a red card on Sunday against Wales.

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