Date: 22nd February 2021 at 7:08pm
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It’s going to be as you were for Norwich City on Tuesday night when they make their second visit to St. Andrew’s in just under a week. At his usual pre-match press conference on Monday lunchtime, Daniel Farke reported no new injury issues although Ben Gibson’s back issue has not improved sufficiently to allow him to be a part of the squad.

That will mean that Christoph Zimmermann will again partner Grant Hanley at the heart of the Norwich defence.

January signing, Orjan Nyland is nearing the point where he can be properly involved in first team training but according to Farke, he trusts Daniel Barden and doesn’t want to rush him. Marco Stiepermann played for the U23s last week and the City coach has decided that another week with the U23s would benefit the German midfielder.

Orjan Nyland is close to being back in full team training.

“For Marco Stiepermann, playing with the Under-23s was good and he handled nearly 70 minutes. We’ve decided to give him another week with the U23s.

“Sebastian Soto had some muscle problems and was out for a few days but is now back to training with the U23s.”

Speaking about the upcoming game, Farke said he knew what to expect from an Aitor Karanka coached football team:

Our win at Coventry was priceless. They are good at home, it shows even more when they won at home on Saturday. We need the same level of performance but in a different way. Birmingham are a big club and have a experienced coach, and they are fighting against relegation. I’m sure they will finish in the mid-table. It’s normal in this league that you can slip away. They’ve won two in eight games but they don’t concede many goals. It’s always difficult against Aitor Karanka teams, they are always compact against the ball.”

OTBC

 
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