NEIL Harris was pleased with how his players fared on international duty and hopes they have no injury issues when they return to the training ground on Thursday.
Ireland captain Jayson Molumby delivered another superb performance as Tottenham's Troy Parrott came off the bench to inspire a comeback against Sweden as the visitors win 3-1 in their under-21 European Championships qualifier on Tuesday night.
Senior boss Mick McCarthy said Molumby and Brighton’s Aaron Connolly had been "the best players by a street" in the 1-0 win over Armenia at the weekend.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson played 85 minutes but Iceland lost 4-2 away to Albania in Group H of the seior qualifying campaign.
Shane Ferguson was on the bench as Northern Ireland lost 2-0 to Germany in Belfast in Group C on Monday.
“We hope that all the boys come back Thursday in good shape. Shane, Jon, Jayson all started games so it’s really positive,” Harris said.
“Shane didn’t play [Monday night] but he’s had 90 minutes which is really good. We wait on Jayson and Jon Dadi to see how they came through their second games.
“Jon came in and was so far behind, he has done really well to get up to speed and is firmly in contention to start games.
“I think Jayson and Jon were never really seriously in contention before Oxford. Both had some tiredness after the game after playing some proper minutes.
“Barring Jiri [Skalak] we have a squad of players that are really pushing, which is great. The majority of the squad are in really good form and it just goes to show the importance that when you’ve got a tight squad that players are in form.
“Not only that but whatever 11 I play in whatever formation it’s the lads that are ready to come on who can play their part and change a game.”
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