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TEAM NEWS: Alex Tettey injury boost for Whites' duel

PUBLISHED: 15:52 01 February 2019 | UPDATED: 23:08 01 February 2019

Alex Tettey was scheduled to return to training this week after a groin problem Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Tettey was scheduled to return to training this week after a groin problem Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Alex Tettey is back for Norwich City’s Championship clash at Leeds United.

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City head coach Daniel Farke confirmed the experienced midfielder has returned to his squad after a groin injury and will travel to Yorkshire on Friday afternoon.

Farke has no fresh injury concerns for the trip to Elland Road but indicated the Championship promotion showdown would be too soon to involve deadline day signing Philip Heise.

“No, he won’t be involved in this game because we have some good options and he only just arrived,” said Farke. “He trained the first time with us on Thursday so we are quite relaxed. It is good to have a back up for Jamal Lewis, more competition and we are happy with this transfer.

“He won’t travel. He is just here for one day and there is no need. I have tough decisions as it is with the travelling squad. To have Alex Tettey back is good as well. He could do this, he is in a good physical condition from playing in Germany but there is no need for an emergency call. He can have a proper week next week and then perhaps he can be involved for the derby.”

Farke was also pressed for the latest update on Timm Klose (knee) and midfielder Moritz Leitner (ankle) who have missed out in recent weeks.

“They are improving in their rehab,” said Farke. “Timm Klose is also doing some running stuff on the pitch. It is a bit difficult to predict when he can re-join us in team training. We hope at any moment during the next week.

“Moritz is a bit further on. If everything works he can join us in team training next Wednesday. Moritz had a part of some passing exercises with the team but it is more or less still individual training.

“Apart from that, all good with the other lads.”

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

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