Norway call for Rovers winger
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Blackburn Rovers winger Morten Gamst Pedersen has been called up by Norway.Morten Gamst Pedersen's prospects of continuing to impress Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes could be hindered by an international call-up.
The young winger has scored in his last two appearances for Rovers, the first outings he has made for the club since September.
He recently admitted he would look for a loan move to former club Tromso if he was not given more playing time at Ewood Park.
Gamst Pedersen, though, has impressed Hughes of late and the Rovers boss feels the Norwegian is reaping the benefits of being patient.
Hughes was full of praise for Gamst Pedersen's performance against Portsmouth on Saturday after he scored the only goal at Fratton Park.
"He's had to be a little bit patient because we didn't think he was strong enough physically but he has put in a lot of work, he's had two-three months now and he's bigger, faster, stronger and we are going to reap the benefits in the second half of the season I'm sure," said Hughes.
"He's a good outlet for us on that left hand side, there are parts of the game that he needs to improve on, as many of the players have to, but I'm sure he's going to be a big player for us in the second half of the season."
But Gamst Pedersen may be missing from Hughes' plans for a short period after he was included in Norway's squad for this month's tour of the Middle East.
Norway coach Age Hareide has selected the wide man for the tour which will see the team play Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan.
After forcing his way into the Rovers team in the New Year, Gamst Pedersen may be loath to link up with his country, particularly as the squad is primarily made up of home-based players.