Norwich City will be forced to look for a new goal keeper in this January window, after Daniel Farke announced the grim news that Michael McGovern will miss the nest 12-16 weeks with the hamstring injury that he suffered against QPR.
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Talking to the media at his usual pre-match press conference from Colney on Friday, Farke gave all the team news ahead of today’s match with Barnsley and as usual, Vital Norwich Forum stalwart, FC Bears was watching. First though, this is what Farke had to say about McGovern and the return to Tim Krul to the side.
“If you want to be successful you need a good keeper. We have the best in Tim Krul but you also have to be prepared for the worst case scenario,” Farke said. “We have no problems with naming two keepers in the short term.
“But after this game we have two weeks before we play Cardiff. It is always difficult to find a proper option in January but with Micky more or less out the whole of the season, or a major part of the run in, of course we have to have a closer look on the market.”
“It would make sense to do some business. If it is possible.”
“We won’t take just anyone to make up the numbers. We have younger keepers here but if we can find a reliable option, a good experienced option, then we will try to pull the trigger. If not, we go with our own lads.
“It is our responsibility to have a closer look and prepare for all scenarios. You cannot expect to go further on with no injuries to the keepers.
“Even a small muscle injury in this league can mean six or seven games out. For Tim it has been even longer than that.”
And now, here’s FC Bears’ take on this news and the rest of the press conference:
McGovern will be out for 16 weeks after pulling his hamstring. Must have been a bad one. Late call if Krul will be thrown in but happy to go with Daniel Barden.
Placheta is able to return to the squad but not the starting line-up against Barnsley.
Rupp and Stiepermann will miss tomorrow but probably back for Cup third round game against Coventry.
As for the players with longer term injuries, Farke said the club will continue to give Sam Byram time to carry out his rehab.
Bali Mumba and Onel Hernandez are ahead of Adam Idah in terms of their rehabilitation.
There’s a chance in January that they will be involved in training. With Adam, it will last perhaps two weeks longer but he’s on a good way so more or less good news.