Daniel Farke says that he will have to be “a bit more brave” in his team selection for Tuesday night’s trip to Wycombe.
Norwich City take on Wycombe Wanderers in the third round of the EFL Cup and the City Head Coach spoke to the assembled media at Colney on Monday lunchtime to discuss his team for Wycombe.
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First off, the injury situation isn’t too different from the weekend’s trip to Loftus Road when the Canaries beat QPR 1-0.
Marco Stiepermann shrugged off a hip problem for that game and looks likely to travel with the squad on Tuesday feeling no further effect from that. Ben Marshall has only just returned to training after what sounds like a very nasty bout of illness. Apparently, he didn’t train for nine days and wasn’t able to eat for a few of those days. He lost some weight and the Doctor has only just allowed him to start training again.
Ivo Pinto played for the U23s last Friday and he will have benefited from that and could be involved. Nelson Oliveira asked to play in the U23 game against Newcastle and scored both City’s goals in a 2-1 win at Colney. It doesn’t seem like his situation has changed though, so I’m not expecting him to be part of the squad, which is a shame.
In other news, Onel Hernandez has started doing some running and his progression back to full fitness is going well. Kenny McLean on the other hand is still not back in full training, which is probably more of a blow to the squad than many City fans realise.
Farke’s comments about being brave refer to him potentially having to make more than three changes to the side that beat QPR. It will be the club’s third away game in the last six days and that poses it’s own unusual problems. One player you can guarantee will be rested will be Alex Tettey, who has played all three games in the last week as Captain. His knees will certainly need a rest, meaning an opportunity for another player to get some game time.
Farke specifically mentioned Dennis Srbeny, Jordan Rhodes and Felix Passlack in his comments about rotating the squad, so expect those lads to be involved along with Tom Trybull, who is likely to replace Tettey, and Ben Godfrey probably at centre back, meaning a rest for one of Timm Klose or Christoph Zimmermann. Louis Thompson was back on the bench at the weekend, so hopefully he can also come in and get back involved.
The Canaries are on a decent run of four games undefeated, having won the last three in a row. Wycombe will probably be physical and away from home, City will need to approach this game professionally to ensure that the Wanderers don’t become a banana skin.