Todd Cantwell is back in training and is set to be part of the matchday squad for the visit of Millwall on Saturday.
Speaking to the media at his usual pre-match presser, Daniel Farke explained that although he was back in training. A starting berth may be a bit too much of an ask for young Todd.
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The Dereham born midfielder has been excellent since breaking into Farke’s squad after an early-season injury to Onel Hernandez. He had been suffering from a hamstring strain that kept him out of the win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend but I for one, am pleased that he’s back fit again.
With Hernandez putting in an excellent display against the Owls along with Emi Buendia, who scored for the second league game in a row, Farke has options and decisions to make but these are all nice problems to have.
Kenny McLean is another who could play on the left of midfield and his return from injury is being stepped up. The Scottish international is back running but is still to really do much in the way of changing direction. It’s hoped that he will return to full training soon after the international break.
Grant Hanley is another who has missed plenty of games through injury, ironically most of the recent good run of form, in fact.
He is back in full training but with only one more game before the break, I don’t expect he will be back until after that. Ivo Pinto is also back fit but is likely to miss the squad due to the homegrown players rule. Tom Trybull is another who has fallen foul of that a couple of times this season, which must be hugely frustrating.
The City Head Coach also mentioned that both Timm Klose and Mario Vrancic would’ve been unlikely to play had the Canaries had a mid-week game.
Klose took an early whack on his ankle against the Owls that looked as though he might have to come off but he saw it through and finished the game. He’s rested it this week and is looking okay for the visit of Millwall. The same goes for Vrancic, who other than missing that 6th-minute penalty, had an excellent all-around match at Hillsborough.
Marco Stiepermann missed out against Wednesday after a bout of tonsillitis and the extra rest has apparently done him some good, Farke also mentioned.
In terms of Millwall, Farke spoke about this being another tough test, which I don’t doubt it will be.
Neil Harris’ Lions took 10 points from 5 games in October, which saw him nominated for the manager of the month award – an award that ultimately went to Steve McLaren.
Those 10 points were crucial in moving the Lions out of the relegation zone, although on 16 pointsthey are only one point off 23rd placed Hull City.
Millwall will be danagerous from set pieces but if we can limit the number that we concede in dangerous positions, our passing game should make it difficult for them.
One more win before the international break would see us all as very happy Canaries.