Norwich City will go again on Saturday against Derby County, after a tiring week that saw them stretch their unbeaten League run to eight games at Portman Road on Sunday before narrowly losing 2-1 to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
There are sure to be more than a few tired legs in the squad as the relentless grind of the Championship continues ahead of another very tough looking game against the Rams.
Talking to the assembled media at Colney on Friday lunchtime, Daniel Farke gave an update on his squad.
James Maddison is available (thank goodness) after limping off against the Gunners on Tuesday, with Farke pointing out it was the cumulative effect of several knocks and that is something that “good players have to handle.”
Marley Watkins is available again after his three game suspension having being sent off at Reading, which is timely because Nelson Oliveira is described as being not “100% comfortable.” Nelson has taken part in just recreation on Friday, not regular training and will be unable to start. He may be available for the bench though.
It seems likely that everyone else is available, although there was no word on Tom Trybull, who was also struggling at the end of the Arsenal game, fingers crossed for Super Tom.
Steven Naismith is back in training but this match will be too soon for him.
You can read more from Daniel Farke via Canaries.co.uk here
In terms of what to expect from the opposition, Derby are full of experienced Championship campaigners like Bradley Johnson, Chris Martin, Sam Winnall and Andreas Weimann, who are all likely to be pushing for a recall. They have a few injuries of their own with Darren Bent (hamstring) and Mason Bennett (knee) both side lined. Curtis Davies (shoulder) and Johnny Russell (groin strain) will be late calls but should be fit to start.
Derby sit three points behind City, having played a game less and are always there or thereabouts in the top six. This season looks like they will challenge again and a tough match is in prospect, especially with the visitors having had a full week to prepare for the game. I expect that Gary Rowett will have been delighted to see us play extra time on Tuesday evening.
Daniel Farke thinks that Derby will “concentrate on defending and counter actions” and they will be a tough nut to crack. The Rams have kept clean sheets in their last three league games, having previously kept just two in the 23 matches before that. Derby have won just once in their last six meetings with Norwich, Bradley Johnson getting the winner at Pride Park last season. We must be wary of Bradley`s hammer tomorrow.
I am positive about the match though and can`t wait to get back to watching football at Carrow Road. My last experience of live football was at Portman Road last Sunday and we all know what that`s like!