Daniel Farke will keep his Norwich City players guessing for Fulham trip

Daniel Farke takes Norwich City to Fulham on the opening weekend.
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Daniel Farke takes Norwich City to Fulham on the opening weekend. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke insists it is all to play for as he weighs up his starting XI for the Championship kick-off at Fulham.

The Canaries enjoyed a successful two-match tour of Germany, despite missing a number of injured key players, but Farke intends to fine tune his plans in the final two friendlies against Charlton and Brighton.

Timm Klose and Alex Pritchard have been ruled out of the opening weekend league trip to Craven Cottage, but Ivo Pinto and Wes Hoolahan look set to come back into contention after a watching brief in Germany. Both are expected to return to full training this week following hamstring and thigh injuries respectively.

The City chief only used 16 players in each of the friendly victories over MSV Duisburg and DSC Arminia Bielefeld, and Farke is pledging the rest of his squad will now get a chance to force a late claim.

'I don't have a starting formation in my head (for Fulham). No, to be honest,' he said. 'All the guys did really well so far. Hopefully the ones who are injured will come back soon. There is no starting XI only. It is all about the squad and in different situations you will need different players and I have to work with all my players.'

Pinto was initially a major doubt for Fulham after damaging his hamstring at Cobh Ramblers.

'Hopefully Wes (thigh) and Ivo (hamstring) will return this week. Probably not for Charlton but return to training,' said Farke. 'It is important for them to get that physical base for the season. I am not sure Harry Toffolo (muscle) will be able to return this week coming but, for sure, the week after and I am looking forward to working with those guys.'

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Cameron Jerome is also expected to recover from the muscle problem that forced him to depart in the closing stages of Friday's win in Bielefeld.

'He had some muscle problems in the end because he was tired and he had done a lot of work,' said Farke. 'Hopefully it is quite normal. After 70 exhausting minutes you feel quite tired. It is pre-season. Cameron did a great job. He worked a lot for the squad and he was open to the tactical change we made in the game. He was very important for the penalty and he had several chances. He did a really good job.'