Date: 26th October 2018 at 7:33pm
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Louis Thompson will hopefully be out for only four weeks, after injuring his shoulder on Tuesday night just seconds after coming on, Daniel Farke told the assembled media at Colney at his pre-Brentford presser on Friday.

Thompson has had some awful luck with injuries in the last couple of years, the latest occurring after just 15 seconds of coming on as an injury time substitution against Aston Villa. Louis slipped and landed heavily, dislocating his shoulder. The good news is that there is no ligament damage, so fingers crossed for a return within a month.

DF On Thompson:

‘He was in a lot of pain. He needs to see a specialist on Monday. He could be back within four weeks. His ligament isn’t damaged. We are all hoping that we can deal with this in a conservative way.’

Too soon for Pukki but the man himself had said as much during the week. DF did say that the (Bournemouth) cup game might be when we see Pukki next.

Aarons and Trybull both have issues but should be fine. Trybull hit his toe and Aarons with a muscle injury.

DF says he was pleased how Trybull played but Tettey is available again so might have to miss out.

DF says he is thinking ahead to the cup game and will want to give Pinto and Marshall some time on the pitch.

DF says that there won’t be many changes tomorrow but for the cup game there will be.

Marshall is better and should be okay for tomorrow (he will fill the homegrown place Thompson leaves).

DF on Brentford:

‘Their form has slipped away in recent weeks but it’s fine margins. They’ve been unlucky recently. Dean Smith’s philosophy is still there. Mepham will come back for them in this game. They will be there with a good performance. They can be outstanding. Maupay and Watkins are also good players. This will be the toughest game in recent weeks for us. We have to be more effective in using our chances. Brentford will be good defensively and they have so many different threats. ‘

On Buendia:

‘He’s had to adapt during our competitive games and that’s not so easy. His work-rate is brilliant. He was crucial in our last game and has made several assists recently. But he can still improve. We know he can add some goals to his game.’

On Leitner:

Moritz has been crucial in recent weeks. He was struggling a bit with his form in pre-season and the start of this season. He’s had a difficult couple of years but he’s been desperate to be back in good shape. He’s very natural. The ball belongs to him. He’s breaking records for us, running 14km in some games. His touch and ability to dominate the rhythm of the game is outstanding. Long may it continue.’

On the sacking of Paul Hurst:

‘ I don’t look so much what happens near to us. He [Paul Hurst] has done well in recent seasons so you feel for him. I’m pretty sure he will bounce back. He will have a good future because he’s a really good coach.’

So Thompson and Pukki out.

Marshall back.

The majority of the above has been written by one of our stalwarts over on the Vital Norwich Forum FC Bears.

Bears always does a pre-match assessment and gives a team that he thinks Daniel Farke will play and also one that he would play himself.

Give the above link a click and get involved. For the record, Bears would thinks Farke will go unchanged from the Villa victory. Bears himself, would make one change with Hernandez replacing Stiepermann and Cantwell moving into the number 10 position.

I think Alex Tettey will come back, in place of Trybull but that Farke won’t otherwise change it.

The underlying feeling from hearing Farke speak about Brentford is that he feels they are a very good side and that after losing 4-3 to Preston in mid-week, they will be looking to bounce back.

Keeping his players’ feet on the ground is a given with Herr Farke, it seems.

OTBC

 

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