Timm Klose is definitely ruled out of Saturday`s match against Preston North End, having failed to recover from the strain that forced him off at half time against Nottingham Forest in midweek.
Speaking ahead of Alex Neil`s return to Carrow Road, Daniel Farke spoke with the assembled media and had this to say about Timm as reported by Canaries.co.uk
“Timm Klose isn`t available for tomorrow. He has a strain on a glute muscle. If everything works well he can return for the Cardiff match next week but we have to wait to see how it develops.”
Christoph Zimmermann seems certain to replace him, after speaking to the press at Colney – always a sure sign of a player`s participation.
James Husband is still out, with Marco Stiepermann Set To deputise at left back, one day we may even see him play as a central midfielder!
It`s in midfield that Farke has problems though, with Tom Trybull still out with a back issue although likely able to return against Cardiff, the City Head Coach revealed that Marley Watkins and Harrison Reed are both struggling to make this game.
“Harrison and Marley had some concerns after Nottingham Forest but they joined us during training today. Marley had some problems with his hips which has caused problems with his groin – there`s no muscle injury but we have to see if he`s able to sprint tomorrow.
“Harrison got a hit on his feet which caused some pain but he`s a tough guy and I hope he`ll be able to play tomorrow.”
That last comment about Reed suggests to me that he`ll make it.
All these midfield injury problems have however, made Farke look to Alex Pritchard as a potential member of the squad, despite having only been back in training for just over a week and having got just 45 minutes with the U23s against Wolves in the locker.
“Alex Pritchard has been training for nine days now and he looks sharp and looks good during training. He looked pretty good during the first half for the Under-23s. When I look at him right now I hope he can join a bit sooner than we initially thought. To be honest I can`t wait to have him back on the pitch.
“We thought about giving him a bit longer for the Under-23s this weekend, and there were some thoughts about taking him in the first-team squad to give him some extra motivation to help with his recovery, but we will have to see how Marley and Harrison get on with their injuries. But the main thing is to have him more minutes for the U23s, and then see how he develops.”
If Watkins and Reed are fit then I doubt we`ll see Pritchard but if one of them doesn`t make it, then Pritchard could be back and a welcome sight that will be.