Michal Helik will learn from the penalty he conceded for Poland against England on Wednesday and is in contention to play for Barnsley today less than 48 hours later, says Valerien Ismael.
The Polish centre-back conceded a penalty for a foul on Raheem Sterling in the 2-1 loss at Wembley.
He is thought to be the first Barnsley player to play against England since Danny Blanchflower for Northern Ireland and Eddie McMorran for Ireland in the 1950s. Head coach Ismael told the Chronicle: “It is a learning process.
“It is a new situation for him.
“Failure is part of the life of a footballer. You deal with it and focus on the next game then do it better. Michal is stronger in his head now and he learned a lot this season. It is normal that something like this happens, next time he knows what he has to do in this duel.”
On whether Helik could play against Reading, Ismael said: “It is 48 hours but he text me after the game and I know he is motivated and ready.”
Helik made his Poland debut last Thursday in Hungary. He was taken off after 58 minutes with his side 2-0 down then they came back to 2-2 within three minutes before drawing 3-3.
John Stones made an error for Poland’s leveller in Wednesday’s game.
Thurlstone man and former Barnsley player Stones started in England’s 5-0 win over San Marino on Thursday and the 3-0 win in Albania on Sunday so now has 42 caps.
Striker Daryl Dike did not feature in the USA’s 4-1 win over Jamaica on Thursday in Austria. He then came off the bench in another friendly against Northern Ireland in Belfast on Sunday evening, which his side won 2-1.
Dike missed chances to get his first international goal in his second cap.
He then returned to Oakwell and has been training with Barnsley.
Aapo Halme was in the initial Finland squad but did not make the final selection. The centre-back has captained the under 21s but is yet to make his debut for the full national side.