With injuries to Winston Reid and Michail Antonio, the schedule for West Ham United players on March international break duty this weekend was certainly reduced. Still, for manager Slaven Bilic and Hammers fans, their hopes for Hammers players not getting injured during the period will be a mental challenge to endure.
The first day of country play this month was a success, as Robert Snodgrass went the full 90 for Scotland in their dearly 1-1 draw against CONCACAF struggles Canada Wednesday evening.
Though questions as to whether Gordon Strachan will be relieved of his duties after Scotland’s crucial World Cup Qualifier against Slovenia on Sunday are newsworthy, they aren’t on this forum. The most important thing that Brace The Hammer focuses on during international duty is 1) for them to do well, but most importantly 2) stay healthy before returning to the club next Wednesday.
And with that, Snodgrass was able to be unscathed at Easter Road against the Canucks.
Though on loan at Reading, it would be a little disrespectful to not mention that Reece Oxford also played for his country on Wednesday. The teenage ace came on in the second half of EnglandU19’s 3-0 win over Norway in the European U19 Championship Elite Round qualifiers at St. George’s Park.
In action on Thursday, Cheikhou Kouyate will lead Senegal against Nigeria, in a slate of two friendly matches for the Lions over the international break. Kouyate and Senegal will also face the Ivory Coast on Monday.