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TEAM NEWS: Massive injury boost for Norwich City

PUBLISHED: 13:45 22 February 2019 | UPDATED: 17:32 22 February 2019

Mario Vrancic is back in the mix after an ankle injury 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Mario Vrancic is back in the mix after an ankle injury Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City midfielder Mario Vrancic has made a rapid recovery from his ankle injury and is in contention for Bristol City’s Championship visit.

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Daniel Farke delivered the positive injury bulletin at Colney on Friday. The Bosnian international had been in fine form since the turn of the year but was expected to be out until next month, after an early exit in the 3-0 derby win over Ipswich Town.

Vrancic has trained fully over the last two days and Farke admits he now has a decision to make for the Robins’ clash.

“A big boost. He has already took part in training and since Thursday in team training so he is available for this weekend. The good thing is he was out for 12 days, that can be the period you are out with an illness. He looked sharp, he looked good and I will make a late decision.

“I am thinking about having him back in the squad. We sent him to Germany for a few days to see a specialist and that helped him. We thought he would be out for three weeks and maybe after Millwall.

Moritz Leitner made his return from an ankle injury at Bolton 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdMoritz Leitner made his return from an ankle injury at Bolton Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“It was a huge surprise to us he is back in the mix and it is a credit to our sports science and physio guys.”

Alex Tettey is back in light training while Mario Stiepermann is availabe despite a minor hamstring tear detected earlier this week.

“Marco was a bit doubtful at the beginning of the week,” said Farke. “We had a small scan after the Bolton game to check and there was a small tear. We calmed down his load but he has been able to train with us for the past two days. After Preston he suffered this but we got him fit for Bolton and he was crucial. Thankfully I could rest him in the last 20 minutes.

“He hasn’t missed too much training so we have to be careful with him. Perhaps he is not 100pc to go for 90 minutes but he is available. It is not like there is a danger of a big fibre crack.

“The doctors and the physios are totally fine otherwise we wouldn’t have had him in training. All the other guys at Bolton are available and both Timm Klose and Moritz Leitner have had another full week of training.

“Alex is already back doing a lot of running. It seems like he will join us on Sunday or the beginning of next week in team training and available for Millwall.”

Carlton Morris (ankle) and Louis Thompson (knee) are longer term absentees.

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