Despite not playing in the Premier League for Southampton, Jan Bednarek remains a member of the Poland national team, and played on Friday against Italy.
The 22-year-old has only featured in the Carabao Cup for Mark Hughes’ side so far, featuring just once on the bench in the league, in the opener against Burnley.
Picking up his seventh cap against Roberto Mancini’s side, the young defender played the full 90 minutes, and that’s despite suffering from ‘tendinitis in his foot’, according to Przeglad Sportowy.
The Polish newspaper explains the Southampton man played the game on painkillers to help with the discomfort, which they believe is a ‘consequence’ of a bruise he received a month ago.
They describe the problem as ‘nagging’ rather than ‘very serious’, meaning it shouldn’t stop him from playing against Ireland on Tuesday.
In fact, Bednarek was training as usual on Sunday with the first team, suggesting he’s on the mend, which is good news for the Saints and Mark Hughes going forward, providing the club with good, solid backup.