Healy hoping for ‘cooling breaks’
David Healy hopes Linfield are not caught out by Northern Ireland’s heatwave when they return to European action on Thursday night.
The Blues take on Bosnian outfit Borac Banja Luka in the second qualifying round of the Europa Conference League.
The opening leg is at Windsor Park, with conditions expected to be warm and uncompromising when the game kicks off at 7.45pm.
Northern Ireland has been basking in glorious sunshine and high temperatures over the past week – conditions that may suit Linfield’s opponents more than the hosts.
Healy hopes UEFA’s ‘cooling breaks’ are used in the game, after admitting his side got caught out during their Champions League defeat to Zalgiris Vilnius in Lithuania earlier this month.
He told the club’s website:
“The weather is a new challenge. With the heat it is always a challenge. Whether it be Qarabag or Rosenborg, or Montenegro, there has always been the water breaks.
“It is something I was unaware of until we were in Lithuania last week, and I thought it was extremely hot when we played there. It has to be a certain degree to get your water breaks. It was bordering on 25-26 degrees in Lithuania which wasn’t enough.
“So hopefully tomorrow night the conditions will be fair for both sides. There probably will be water breaks, because again, the European rules state that.”
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