Rotherham have four players away on international duty in the latest break from league action and it was a mixed bag for them.
Here’s a look at how they got on in their first game over the weekend.
The striker, who received his first Northern Ireland call-up, made his debut in Friday’s defeat in Austria. He came on as a 76th minute substitute for George Saville in Vienna but was unable to change the course of the game as Michael O’Neill’s side slipped to another UEFA Nations League defeat.
76' It's a debut for Kyle Vassell! ?? He replaces George Saville. Debut goal…?? #GAWA
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 12, 2018
The central defender, who has been so good for Rotherham this season, was not involved in Nigeria’s matchday squad for their 4-0 win over Libya in the African Nations Cup qualifier. Their coach Gernot Rohr bemoaned defensive problems, though, so Ajayi might get a look in for the reverse fixture on Tuesday.
The QPR loanee travelled to the Republic of Ireland Under-21s squad but, having played at Birmingham with a knock, was not involved in his country’s 3-1 defeat to Israel, which ended hopes of qualification for next summer’s European Championships.
The goalkeeper played 90 minutes for Sloavkia Under-21s and kept a clean sheet in Friday’s 2-0 win over Estonia. Slovakia are second in their qualification group ahead of a crucial game with third-placed Northern Ireland in Belfast on Tuesday.
Towell was named in the Republic of Ireland squad but was trimmed from the group ahead of games with Denmark and Wales.