Manager Sam Allardyce took the opportunity at his pre-match press conference to wish the winger well as he goes away to represent his country of birth.
level for his country, it’s fantastic for him but obviously a big loss for us.international“Good luck to Wifried playing at
"I knew before I got here that he was going and I wish him all the best and when he comes back, having been successful, I am hoping he will be fit and ready to play."
With a new transfer window just about to open there is once again speculation around the future of the winger but the manager was quick to put an end to any talk of him heading through the exit door.
"There's no potential for losing him permanently, according to the chairman this morning."