Sheffield Wednesday development squad head coach Lee Bullen says the international call up for Caolan Lavery is good news for the club.
Bullen will be without Lavery for today’s FA Premier League Cup tie at Loughborough University against Leicester City but has no problem in wishing the striker well in Northern Ireland’s under 21 match against Cyprus this evening.
He said: “I’m not one of these coaches who will say make sure you don’t get injured or be careful while you’re away.
“I wanted him to go there and play 90 minutes in both matches if he could.
“I think he got about 10 minutes the other night (a 3-0 defeat against Italy) and of course I want him to return fit but it’s about him developing as a player and gaining from the experience.
“It has been a while since the club had players being recognised by their country.
“We’ve had Caolan and also Seanan Foster and Glenn Law with the Northern Ireland under 17s. And Cameron (Dawson) has played for England under 19s.
“So we’re making progress and that’s good for the club.”
Lavery, who has been linked with a loan move to League Two Scunthorpe, and fellow striker Manny Dieseruvwe, who is on a month-long loan with League Two high-fliers Fleetwood Town, will both be missed by Bullen as they try to get past the Foxes.
As a Category One Academy, Leicester City are ranked higher than the Owls’ Category Two status and will be playing their first match in the Cup competition.
Wednesday beat Huddersfield 2-1 in the previous round at Bury’s Gigg Lane stadium - Dieseruvwe scored both goals.
Bullen said: “There will be no Caolan or Manny and they’re a strong team but we’re in good form at this level - we haven’t lost since September.
“We’ll see which older lads we can bring in to help us and in doing so we’re helping them because that’s what the development squad is all about.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game but we went down there last season with a young team and played really well.”