Louis Thompson is back and in contention for the Norwich City squad that will take on Queens Park Rangers tomorrow at Loftus Road (5.30pm), Daniel Farke reported at his Colney press conference on Friday.
The Boss is about to speak to the press ahead of tomorrow's match against Queens Park Rangers. #ncfc
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Other than that, it will be almost the same squad that won at Reading on Wednesday evening. Aston Oxborough has a knock, so won’t be available, meaning a return to the bench for Michael McGovern and Ivo Pinto is back in training, although this game will surely come too soon for him.
Ben Marshall is back in training today, after a bout of illness but is still not 100%, so he won’t be available tomorrow either.
After the Reading game, I was a little concerned to see Moritz Leitner with an ice pack on his knee but this was apparently only a precaution from an impact injury. Max Aarons also had a knock to the leg and was struggling for the last 20 minutes at Reading but he too is okay now and both will be available, Farke added.
In other news, Kenny McLean is back in training with the ball and running but still has some discomfort with changes of direction. That doesn’t sound too long term though and I’m looking forward to seeing him back.
Onel Hernandez has successfully had his hernia operation and is already back on the exercise bikes and the Doctor is happy. Fingers crossed this isn’t too long either.
Norwich will take on a rapidly improving QPR on Saturday, who had such a terrible start to the season. They took a 7-1 beating at the hands of West Brom but that seems to have been the turning point, not having lost since.
City will, you would hope, be looking to put right the awful 4-1 reverse in last season’s match at Loftus Road. That day saw the Canaries undone by a direct approach from Rangers, looking for striker Matt Smith. It seems that they won’t be quite so direct this time, now that Steve McLaren is in charge.
The arrival of former Norwich target, Toni Leistner on a free from Union Berlin has seemingly helped steady the defence and he has already become McLaren’s Captain.
Despite a lack of natural width at the moment, due to the absences of Hernandez and Marshall, City will again look to some of their academy products.
Todd Cantwell, Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis all made a real impact against Reading and all three seem highly likely to start again, certainly Lewis and Aarons.
if you’re going, have a good one.