TEAM NEWS: Massive injury boost for Canaries ahead of West Brom test
PUBLISHED: 17:05 11 January 2019 | UPDATED: 18:20 11 January 2019
Emi Buendia has recovered from his ankle injury ahead of schedule and is in the Norwich City squad for the Championship trip to West Brom - with Jamal Lewis and Alex Tettey also fit for duty.
Head coach Daniel Farke delivered a positive injury bulletin at Colney on Friday afternoon but it was Buendia’s fitness that made the headline news. The Spanish-bred Argentine was scheduled to be out until the middle of January but Farke insists the classy attacker could even start against the Baggies.
Lewis has overcome a hamstring injury and Tettey a groin problem suffered in the New Year’s Day draw at Brentford.
Timm Klose is the only fresh injury doubt after an injection in a knee problem but will travel. Grant Hanley serves a one-match suspension while Marco Stiepermann is poised to resume team training at the start of next week after a thigh injury.
Moritz Leitner (ankle) is still working towards a return at the start of next month.
“Many, many bits of good news,” said Farke. “Both Jamal and Alex are back in training. Fully-fit and available. Emi is back training, fully fit and also available for tomorrow. A big compliment to our sports science and physios. He is more or less 10 to 14 days ahead of his schedule and looked pretty sharp in recent days.
“He was out for three-and-a-half weeks but he will travel. Could he start? I would say it is possible because he is a good condition, looked sharp, and did a lot in the individual sessions.
“We don’t have the feeling he has lost too much in terms of his endurance and strength. We have good options in the wide positions but he could be involved. Without any doubt.
“The only bad news was a setback for Timm Klose at the beginning of the week. He had to quit training at the start of the week, wasn’t able to train on Wednesday or Thursday. He had some problems in his knee so needed an injection. He was able to train on Friday and we will see how it reacts overnight with the load. I would say a bit doubtful.”
Carlton Morris (knee) and Louis Thompson (shoulder) have also returned to training this week after long term injuries. Thompson will travel to The Hawthorns but Farke aims to ease both back into the mix. A loan move is a viable option for Morris after his knee injury but Farke insists he is keeping an open-mind in the short term.
“Carlton did nearly the whole part of team training during this week. A first good step,” said Farke. “After a ligament injury we have to be really careful with him. It is not like Louis and his shoulder. Carlton was out nearly six months.
“It is a good sign but let us see how the next week or two develop. Either he is a good option for us or if it makes sense to get him some game time we have that option. We have nearly three weeks for the window to see how everything develops.
“Louis is available this weekend. We will take a bigger group because we had this experience in the last four weeks of losing players in the warm up. We have some late decisions but of course he is only a topic for the starting line up in maybe two or three weeks. He could do a short term appearance right now. We want to give him the feeling he is close because he is crucial to our group.”
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