Thank goodness for that. The international break is over and we can all get back to where the real action is at with the return of Championship football.
It seems so long ago that we beat Reading 1-2 and I am ready for a home game, how about you?!
The visitors this week are Hull City, one of the three relegated teams from the Premier League last season and having already lost to Sunderland in a turgid game, let’s hope for better fare this time out.
As usual, Daniel Farke spoke to the assembled media at Colney on Friday lunchtime for his pre-match presser.
There’s good and bad news on the injury front.
The very bad news is that Alex Tettey looks set for an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering a calf injury in training.
“Alex Tettey was injured during training, when he was hit against his calf and he`s strained it,” Daniel Farke told Canaries.co.uk
“There`s some blood in the muscle which means it`s a bit unpredictable how long we have to do without him.
“It will be at least four weeks, but it could be two months. That`s really bad news, but we have to handle it and find some solutions. He was in a really good shape and really important for our squad, so it`s a sad situation for him and us.”
More bad news is that Josh Murphy broke a toe against Reading.
“Josh has broken his toe, but it`s not too bad.” Farke said. “There`s no need for an operation, but he`s in a lot of pain when he trains and won`t be ready for tomorrow. Hopefully he can return next weekend.”
Finally we get to some good news.
Mario Vrancic is fully fit again and ready to return and Marco Stiepermann trained for the first time without pain on Thursday. Farke says he’s not ready to start but can make the bench.
There’s positive news with Nelson Oliveira, although he is still not ready to start a game as Farke explained.
‘Oliveira has had some minor improvements with his groin injury.” He said.
“He trained for the first time on Tuesday – he`s not back at 100% but he will be with us tomorrow but he isn`t ready for 90 minutes. Hopefully I`ll have him back fully fit for Ipswich and Arsenal. But he could at least be ready from the bench.’
Finally, there’s very good news on the Alex Pritchard front.
Farke initially predicted we wouldn’t have Pritch back until January but as he predicted himself in a tweet a couple of weeks ago, it seems the little wizard could well be back in training in November.
“It looks good for Alex Pritchard. He`s been able to do some running and we hope he can return to team training after the next international break in November.
“Then he`ll need some additional weeks of training to get up to full fitness. So if there`s no setback, then perhaps he`ll be ready for match action by the middle of December.”
He’s going to take some time to get back to match fitness, of course, but perhaps he can start being used in December and be fully ready by January. Fingers crossed.