If you were hoping for a first look at new signing, Marcus Edwards tomorrow, then you`re out of luck.
The new boy has a back niggle which means he won`t feature against Sheffield United, Daniel Farke told the assembled media at Colney on Friday lunchtime.
Tom Trybull is still not available due to a back problem of his own but the good news is that Ivo Pinto is fit to play. The Portuguese defender was struck down by cramp late on in Wednesday`s FA Cup tie with Chelsea and forced to come off but with recuperation, rest and no doubt the dreaded Cryo chamber, he`s available to face the Blades.
Other than those I`ve just mentioned, Farke has a fairly fit squad with the obvious exceptions of Matt Jarvis and Louis Thompson.
Getting down to other matters, there was of course a whole lot of talk about the January transfer window and whether or not there would be any incoming signings rather than the five outgoings we`ve seen in the last week.
Farke said “We want two or three new players in the short-term but also want to strengthen for the summer. We will have a bigger squad at the end of January.”
Farke was though, not prepared to say much more, certainly in any detail.
“By the end of January, we will have a more comfortable situation. I won`t comment on any names or speculation.”
Farke was specifically asked about Aberdeen winger, Kenny McLean, a player who has had lots of speculation linking him with a move away from Pittodrie this month, but again was coy.
“Kenny McLean is a player for Aberdeen. I fully respect this and won`t speak of players under contract at other clubs.”
On the subject of McLean, I`ve noticed Aberdeen boss, Derek McInnes has said on the Dons` twitter feed @AberdeenFC that there have been no official approaches for his player so far. Whether that means there have been unofficial conversations, who knows?
Sheffield United is always a tough game, whether you`re at home or at Bramall Lane, and they play with a high intensity and level of aggression that we will need to match to get anything from the match.
I`m thinking that the new three at the back with wing backs is a formation that is looking as though it suits us. We`ve used it in the last three matches against Chelsea (twice) and Bristol City and not lost yet – I`m not counting the penalty defeat as a loss on the pitch, as such.
In Lewis and Pinto, we have two players that are well suited to the role, my only worry is that if either get injured, there`s no real replacement, like for like on either flank. With Hanley, Zimmermann and Klose, we`ve got three excellent central defenders and Zimmermann has visibly grown into the league, hence his contract extension.
You can follow and read more about today`s press conference on Twitter at the club`s official feed @NorwichCityFC