Date: 1st November 2019 at 3:40pm
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Daniel Farke gave a broadly positive injury update ahead of this weekend’s match against Brighton at the AMEX stadium when he spoke to the media at his usual Friday presser.

The good news is that Tim Krul is fit and raring to go. The fear with Tim was his need to stretch his knee in the latter stages of last week’s game against Manchester United and Farke’s subsequent comments after the game in which he said he was worried because it was the same knee that Tim tore his ACL a few years back. Clearly, it wasn’t too serious.

More good news surrounds Ralf Fahrmann, with the on-loan German keeper returning to full fitness and being able to travel in the squad.

Ibrahim Amadou finished the Man United game barely able to move, so it’s pleasing to hear that he will be a late call, as will Todd Cantwell, who has a hamstring issue.

Kenny McLean has become a father this week and Onel Hernandez’s partner is currently at the hospital with Onel on the verge of giving birth. There must be something in the water! Emi Buendia is also fine and the lesser spotted Patrick Roberts is also back in training.

McLean has become a father so missing a training session was acceptable! Hernandez is with his partner in the hospital, so hopefully we have a nice message to give later on, but he’ll miss our journey to Brighton. We hope he can travel later, so it’s not a perfect situation for our game.

Onel is a key player for us with his pace and bravery. It’s been tough for us to play without him. He’s still not on a top level in terms of endurance, but he will be back to full fitness after the international break.

Onel didn’t sleep much last night and is pretty excited today, but it’s good to have him back even if only as a substitute. 

There is also more good news, finally, in the shape of returning defenders Christoph Zimmermann and Grant Hanley.

Hanley and Zimmermann aren’t too far away. I hope they’ll be back after the next international break.

We knew there would be tricky situations, now we have to handle the reality. We’re not just waiting for players to come back to attack the league. It’s even more important to gain a few points now, so we’re still greedy and highly motivated.

We should have been 1-0 up against United in the first 20 minutes, or at least not give a naive goal away. We have to be more mature, physical and robust. Our tactical approach was good but to be effective you have to be clinical and robust.

Brighton away is going to be a very tough trip.

Norwich City are in serious need of points and a win here, no matter the performance, would be massive. The biggest problem is that the Seagulls are no longer a negative, defensive type of team, they are now a Graham Potter team and it hasn’t taken Potter long to employ his possession based style at the AMEX.

The Canaries, of course, are a possession based team themselves, so I’m thinking that this game will be a cagey affair without a lot of goals. I could be wrong and it could turn out to be like the 4-1 away win that City managed at Potter’s then Swansea City last year, although the return match, a 1-0 win at Carrow Road, is more likely to be the sort of game I’d expect. Lots of quality on the ball from both sides and perhaps only the odd goal in it.

Fingers crossed it goes our way because let’s be honest, we need it to.

OTBC

 
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