Norwich City will be without goalkeeper, Tim Krul until the other side of the October international break, Daniel Farke told the assembled media at Colney on Friday lunchtime.
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Speaking ahead of the Canaries’ trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace on Saturday, the City Head Coach explained that Krul is still suffering from the back issue that first surfaced in the warm-up last weekend at Turf Moor.
Tim managed to get through the game with the help of painkillers but with Ralf Fahrmann also still a doubt, it does look very possible that Michael McGovern could play against Palace.
That in itself is obviously a concern, although McGovern is highly experienced and has had some terrific performances for Northern Ireland under his belt. His time at Norwich was blighted by some indifferent performances under Alex Neil but that turn of phrase could be used for many of the squad in that season after relegation from the Premier League.
Just two weeks ago, Farke named 3 goalkeepers in the squad against Manchester City and now potentially we’re down to one senior keeper.
There is a chance that Fahrmann could make it though, as he has just returned to full training (on Friday), with Farke stating that if he is fit enough, he will play.
“We’ve been careful with Ralf. It’s his first day in team training today. We will have to see how his groin reacts. If he’s ready, he will play.”
“If I have to play with Michael McGovern, I am not concerned. He is a great lad and is always ready to take his chance. He is so professional, he is always analysing the strikers of the opponent with Ralf and Tim. In training, he always delivers.”
Mario Vrancic is still out, alongside the longer term injured like, Timm Klose, Onel Hernandez, Christoph Zimmermann and Tom Trybull.
There is some good news though as Max Aarons returns to the squad and he will travel to Crystal Palace. The return of Max is obviously a very good thing, although in his absence, Sam Byram has done pretty well. Whether Aarons will go straight back into the side is a big question for Herr Farke.
“The good news is Max Aarons could return earlier than expected. It’s down to good work of our physios and good work from him. He will travel with us to Palace.”