Norwich City sweating on a number of injury doubts for Ipswich Town clash
PUBLISHED: 15:03 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:43 16 February 2018
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Daniel Farke will make late fitness calls on a number of his key men for Sunday’s Championship derby against Ipswich Town at Carrow Road.
Farke revealed on Friday at Colney Timm Klose and Moritz Leitner had both missed parts of training with calf issues this week. Ivo Pinto (knee) and Harrison Reed (back) are also being monitored ahead of the Blues’ duel.
“Timm felt some pain after the weekend and wasn’t able to train on Wednesday and Thursday but he returned today and it looks like he’ll be available so I’m not too concerned,” said Farke.
“With Moritz we have to be careful with his load. But he’s in really good shape, it’s just a sign he worked a lot in the last game – he covered the most ground of anyone this season.
“He didn’t feel 100pc comfortable in the week, but I think he’ll be available.
“He did some individual programmes on Wednesday and Thursday, and today he trained together with us and if there’s no reaction he will be able to train with us on Saturday. We just have to be careful with him as it was his first game of 90 minutes for several months.
“Ivo didn’t feel 100pc comfortable at the beginning of the week but in the last two days he’s looked much improved and looks good.
“He’s available but we just have to be careful because when you’re not available for three weeks it’s difficult to have three games in a week.
“Harrison has had some tightness in his back. Harry has done really well in the right-back position, and we’ll have to wait to see what we do for Ipswich and for Wolves. I haven’t taken the decision yet, so I will wait over the next two days.
“Harry can play in many roles, and I think he’s been crucial in our last games and it shows his football intelligence. Ivo is our captain and our leader and we look forward to having him back at 100pc, but we have to be careful after his injury.”
Matt Jarvis re-joined full training earlier this week but Farke expects it will be four weeks before the former England international midfielder is a frontline option for his starting line up.
“He totally fits our style – he’s smart and can keep the ball in tight spaces,” he said. “But if we’re really honest I can’t say he’ll back in the squad in one or two weeks because he’s been out for so long.
“We have to be sensible with him, and he has to adapt to the speed of the team training and to the duels – he probably needs four or five weeks with the team to be an option for a match.
“But I’m really happy for him as he has a really good attitude, and we’re really pleased he’s back.”
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