Mansfield Town have been granted permission to cancel their upcoming fixture with Grimsby Town due to international call ups.
The Stags will be without three players for the weekend, two of which are regular starters for David Flitcroft.
St. Kitts & Nevis have selected forward Omari Sterling-James in their squad for their CONCACAF Nations League Qualifier at Saint Marteen on Sunday. He’s been starting on the bench for the Stags this season.
On loan defender Ryan Sweeney has been called up to the Republic of Ireland U21s, who will face Israel on Thursday and Germany next Tuesday in the UEFA European U21 Championship, and he has been in the first XI. Similarly, captain Krystian Pearce is set to represent Barbados in a CONCACAF Nations League Qualifier against El Salvador this Saturday.
This will be the second occasion on which the Stags have cancelled a game, with their clash with Crewe also falling foul of the international call ups.
If nothing, it gives Mansfield a huge chance in the EFL Trophy, they face Wolves under 21 side tomorrow knowing they can play a strong side and not suffer consequences on Saturday, much as they did against Lincoln when the Crewe game was cancelled.
How long before two players having a cold sees a game cancelled? If there’s an international break for one, it should be for all. Clubs might start signing Eire Under 18 players on loan just to make sure they get a couple of breaks in the winter, when others do not.