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How special Hernandez convinced Farke he is ready for Premier League recall

Fit-again wide player Onel Hernandez is back in the mix for Norwich City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Fit-again wide player Onel Hernandez is back in the mix for Norwich City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke admits Onel Hernandez has forced his way into his Premier League plans after a rapid recovery from a freak knee injury.

Norwich City's head coach was not expecting to call on the Cuban flyer for another two to three weeks, but the 26-year-old is in the squad for Saturday's trip to Bournemouth.

Hernandez made his top-flight debut at Liverpool on the opening night of the season as a second-half substitute and has been sidelined ever since after damaging his knee falling down the stairs at home.

"If I am honest I expected him to need two or three weeks to even be a topic for the travelling squad. Right now he's back in team training for one week and I decided to take him with us because he looked really sharp," said Farke, who allowed fellow wide player Patrick Roberts to stay in Norfolk to feature for the club's development set-up on Friday night at Colney.

"He has worked pretty, pretty disciplined and professionally during his rehab and I must pay a big compliment to our fitness guys.

"Of course he is not ready for 90 minutes but especially for offensive players they can create something special.

"To have his ability in one against one situations, his willingness to be brave and his pace is a great option. Onel led the way in terms of scoring goals and assists last season from that area of the pitch so he was always going to be a big miss.

"I like what I see and for that reason we will bring him to Bournemouth. After such a long-term injury you always have to be a bit careful, but he looks pretty sharp."

Farke has had his fill of injuries already this season, but conceded yesterday the nature of Hernandez's bizarre lay-off was something else.

"I have many experiences with crazy injuries but it was a strange one," he said.

"You have a lad who is full of muscles and he slips down the stairs at his flat and gets a big injury. But we had the same type of situation with Christoph Zimmerman, who on the final day of his holiday in the summer also suffered an injury. I can remember Ivo Pinto injuring himself when he tried to climb out of his car last season.

"I'm not sure if it's because of the East Anglian air but we had some really strange injuries. You have to take it with a smile and don't complain too much. It's great to have Onel back."

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