Norwich City defender Timm Klose passed fit for Rotherham; Robbie Brady set to miss out
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Norwich City defender Timm Klose has recovered from his ankle injury suffered on World Cup duty and is in the Canaries' squad for Saturday's Championship game against Rotherham United at Carrow Road.
Alex Neil confirmed at Colney on Friday afternoon key centre-back Klose's early substitution in Switzerland's 2-1 win over Andorra on Monday was a precautionary measure, but Robbie Brady is set to miss out this weekend after being knocked unconscious in the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifying 1-0 win against Georgia last week.
'The first thing I do is to send them a text so that when they are compos mentis to get in touch,' said Neil. 'Robbie's welfare is more important than us getting him ready for a game.
'It was a serious injury and so first and foremost I want to know he is okay. He got in touch with me as soon as he got to the hospital. He said he was okay, that he had a wee sore head. He got released that evening but it was late into the early hours because they had to run through a variety of tests. He is okay.
'The good thing is he remembers everything up until the head impact took place and then he can't remember anything until he got in the changing room. Sometimes it can be worse and you don't remember even starting the game.
'There are rules in terms of concussion but it would be nine days tomorrow since he had done the injury. That is not our concern. It is making sure Robbie is functioning okay.
'With Timm, he got a knock but nothing more. It is common place in each game you get a kick in that area but he has come through completely fine. Regardless of them or any other players you want to make sure they are okay, particularly Robbie, because that scenario goes beyond football for me. A kick to the ankle is about coming back fit but when you are out cold then it is a different level.'
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Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is still wearing a protective boot after breaking a bone in his foot. Neil also provided an update on two of his younger starlets with Remi Matthews (shoulder) back at his parent club and Conor McGrandles (leg) stepping up his recovery from a double leg break during a loan stint at old club Falkirk last season.
'Conor is making really good progress,' said Neil. 'Physically, he is in much better shape than what we might have expected at this stage of his rehab. He is out on the grass regularly now and we are reaching a point where we are testing his leg to do pretty much everything. Now it is about doing some contact work with the other players. We are delighted for him because that was a horrific injury. He is made of tough stuff, Conor. He is a good lad, who keeps his head down and works hard and he is giving himself every opportunity to go on and have a long career.
'Remi went down on his shoulder (at Hamilton) and we have scanned it and unfortunately he is going to be out for a number of weeks. He doesn't need surgery. We have designated people who can look after him daily here and once he is fighting fit he can go back up and get some more games.'