PRESSER LIVE: Wycombe v City - Cantwell out. Onel a doubt. Gibson on track to return
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Daniel Farke previewed Norwich City’s Championship game at Wycombe - and we had all the key lines first from a video chat with the boss at Colney.
Farke confirmed Todd Cantwell misses out this weekend with a calf injury. The City chief expects Cantwell to be back in contention next week, but was unable to give any early indication if he can make Brentford's upcoming midweek visit.
Onel Hernandez is also a doubt for Wycombe after suffering a dead leg at training while Josh Martin (toe) is out. But Ben Gibson is on course to return after missing two matches with a back complaint.
Farke sounded a note of caution with two more training sessions scheduled prior to Sunday's trip to Wycombe, but if Gibson suffers no adverse reaction to resuming full team training he will be in the travelling party.
"Todd was complaining of some calf problems after the last game. A bit understandable given the load and the danger of minor muscle injuries. He will be out for the weekend," said Farke. "He was in a really good shape. I hope it is not too bad and we don’t miss him for too long. I wouldn’t label the chances unbelievably big (for Brentford). Let’s see how it develops. There is still a chance and we will try everything.
"A little question mark on Onel Hernandez. He got a dead leg and was not able to finish training on Wednesday. We have two more days so let’s see how it develops.
"Some good news on Ben Gibson. He is much better. He did an individual session on Thursday. We have two more and depending on how he comes through then we are carefully optimistic he is available for the weekend. Josh Martin also unavailable. He got a little hit on his toe."
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Marco Stiepermann starts for the development squad again at Middlesbrough's U23s on Friday afternoon after recovering from Epstein-Barr virus, and will step up his first team claims from next week.
"The plan is he plays as long as possible. Then a recovery day," said Farke. "Hopefully from Monday on he is back with us, back in our group. But fingers crossed there is no reaction and he gets the green light from our doctors and physios."
January signing Orjan Nyland has joined team training in recent days, as he works his way to full fitness after back surgery prior to Christmas, but Farke confirmed he will not be fast-tracked into his plans for this weekend.
"He is back in team training. But after being out for several months there is no need to rush him back," said Farke. "He won’t be in the Wycombe squad. It is important for him to get more confidence in his body from day to day and each training day will help him. But we have two good keepers in Tim Krul and Dan Barden."
Sam Byram (hamstring) and Michael McGovern (hamstring) are longer term absentees.
Moritz Leitner is not part of the plans.
Farke spoke to the media remotely from Colney.
• Recap the key lines from press conference in the window below, with full reaction and build up to City’s game at Wycombe throughout the rest of the day on pinkun.com