Albania assistant manager Hamidi Salidi has said that a mix of injury and red tape prevented Hibs striker Florian Kamberi making his Albanian debut against Andorra.
The Hibees frontman is on international duty with Albania after opting to pledge his allegiance to the Eagles. He wasn’t able to make his debut though against Andorra.
That’s because of a documentation error and the fact he has a niggly injury according to Salidi.
“The hope was that Florian would be able to play against Andorra,” Salidi told the Herald (sport, page 7, 17/11/19).
“But he has a slight leg injury and also there is a delay in his documentation that would confirm his eligibility. Hopefully he will recover from his injury and we will get confirmation to be able to play him against France.”
If fit, Hibs’ Kamberi is likely to get an Albania debut
Judging by Salidi’s comments, Kamberi will get to make his Albania debut if he is passed fit and documentation is received. Salidi certainly seems keen to see the Hibee in action.
Albania couldn’t find a winner against Andorra without Kamberi, drawing 2-2. They will finish their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign at home to the world champions.
Hibs will be hoping Kamberi’s injury is ‘slight.’ After an impressive showing up top with Christian Doidge in a 4-1 against St Johnstone, new boss Jack Ross will no doubt be keen to try out the striker.
He’ll need to prove his fitness for the game against Motherwell next Saturday though before that happens.