Mario Vrancic will miss three weeks with ankle ligament damage sustained in the East Anglian Derby on Sunday, Daniel Farke told the assembled media at Colney on Tuesday lunchtime at his pre-Preston press conference.
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”Super” Mario was kicked time and time again by Ipswich before being forced off just before half-time, unable to continue. He was replaced by Alex Tettey for the second half and Tettey seems a likely replacement for Mario against PNE.
It’s tough luck on Vrancic, who has been excellent since he replaced the injured Moritz Leitner in December but Mo’s upcoming return could be very timely and whoever plays on Wednesday night will be desperate to stake their own claim for a regular place in the side.
In other team news, Todd Cantwell took a knock to his ankle during the fractious late stages of the derby game but should be okay to face Preston if needed.
Both Moritz Leitner and Timm Klose Are Back In training but this game will come too soon for either of them to be considered.
Almost the whole Norwich squad will travel to Preston and then stay in the North West with The Canaries’ next game being away at Bolton on Saturday, meaning it will be three games in six days for Daniel Farke’s men.
That’s tough for any team to handle and with Preston, you can expect a tough game against former City boss, Alex Neil’s play-off chasing side, who are in decent form. After a bad start to the season, they have become a decent team who can give anyone a game.
Looking ahead to Bolton, well, they’re fighting for their lives and were no pushovers at Carrow Road in December.
These two games both have “banana skin” written all over them but Farke is of course, well aware of that.