Nelson Oliveira brought back in from the cold
PUBLISHED: 21:31 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:07 10 March 2018
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Nelson Oliveira is back in Norwich City’s squad for the Championship trip to Hull City - after being frozen out in midweek against Nottingham Forest.
Daniel Farke confirmed Oliveira will travel and is available after he was left out for what the head coach cited earlier in the week was a drop in his standards at training.
“To be honest I don’t want to speak about Nelson any more,” he said. “I got the feeling nearly half the season we have spent talking about him.
“The topic is ended. Yes, he will be in the squad and he will travel. He is not injured, he is available.
“In general, you all know I love him and I am fully convinced of his potential. We all know he is an emotional guy who can sometimes create a special moment on the pitch but also when he is annoyed about a situation he can not be cool in his head.
“I have always backed him. But this is professional football and you have to deliver. That applies to me, the sporting director and the staff. When you score one goal in 13 or 14 games it is quite normal as a player you sit on the bench.
“When the coach has the feeling he is not happy with his player’s workload or concentration then sometimes you are not involved. It would be the same if we had been struggling defensively.
”You might change the centre back, even if you are convinced of his potential.
“I am not here to win a Nobel Peace Prize, I want to bring a special working style and if I have to react, I will.”
James Maddison and Christoph Zimmermann are suffering with a flu bug. Zimmermann is definitely ruled out for the trip to Humberside but Maddison is expected to feature.
“We have small concerns about James,” said Farke. “He hasn’t felt comfortable over the last couple of days and he came in on Friday with a big cough.
“He will travel with us though and hopefully doesn’t have the same illness as Christoph. He didn’t have a temperature today and trained so hopefully he’s available.
“James will have a single room in the hotel so no-one else is involved with this topic. Maybe to do with the snow and the cold.
“Christoph has been suffering with sickness. He wasn’t 100pc comfortable on our last matchday (Tuesday).
“He hasn’t been able to eat much over the last few days so there is no chance for him to play tomorrow. He is staying with the doctor.”
Ivo Pinto was again an unused substitute for that game and has not played for over a month now since a knee injury suffered climbing out of his car.
Marco Stiepermann will be out until after the next international break following a hernia operation.
Matt Jarvis is expected to re-join training next week after a groin problem curtailed his big development comeback on Wednesday against Fulham.
“The physios have told me five days,” said Farke. “It’s just a reaction of the muscle. After being away for two years, it’s quite normal that the body has to adapt to training and games. Quite often that happens. Just a little setback.“
Tom Trybull (knee/ankle) and Louis Thompson (Achilles) remain longer term absentees.
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