McGovern tipped to rise to the challenge
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Michael McGovern will not let Norwich City down when he steps in for Tim Krul.
The Northern Irish international is poised for his first league start since October 2019 against Coventry City this weekend, with Krul set to be ruled out with a thigh injury.
The Dutchman continues to be assessed by the club’s medical staff after scans yesterday following his first half exit in the midweek 3-2 Championship win at Stoke.
McGovern was pressed into emergency service in the Potteries, and head coach Daniel Farke is backing him to fill the void.
“If he has to play in these next games I am not scared at all,” he said. “We know we have the best keeper in the league and it is a big blow if he is not available.
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"There is no doubt about this. But I trust Mikey and I can always count on him. He is fantastic lad, a fantastic player and we are all delighted he played his part in the three points (at Stoke).
“I can always trust Michael McGovern. If I had to name a footballer who is a total professional, with a top class attitude, who he is never injured, never ill, first out on the training pitch, last back in it is him.
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"What he has done in his career is outstanding. He is always perfectly prepared even if he is not playing.
"He was massive for us. We had a small side to deal with set pieces in certain areas of the pitch and it felt every cross they put in was unbelievably dangerous. He cleared many in those last minutes, he caught a couple of balls. He played a key part in winning the game.”
Josh Martin is another back up option set for a bigger role this weekend after marking the first league start of his career with a key role in two of Norwich’s goals.
“It was not a gift for him to play,” said Farke. “Przemyslaw Placheta has played a lot of football. We had to give him some rest. Josh, in the last week, was outstanding in training.
"With a smaller group last Sunday he was by far the best player on the pitch. I felt he is ready and he repaid my trust. He has a lot to learn and things he has to improve in terms of his tactical behaviour without the ball.
“It was a difficult game for him. A physical game and he had to work against the ball a lot. But he was important in the first and third goals.”