Norwich City suffer season-ending double injury blow to Timm Klose and Andre Wisdom
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Alex Neil is adamant he has the defensive reinforcements to cope with the double blow of losing Timm Klose and Andre Wisdom for Norwich City's Premier League relegation run-in.
Wisdom has returned to parent club Liverpool for treatment on the knee injury that forced him to depart in the closing stages of the 3-0 defeat at Sunderland. Neil, speaking on Friday afternoon prior to his side's return to action at Arsenal, also confirmed the expected news Swiss international Klose has also been ruled out with the knee ligament damage suffered at Crystal Palace.
'We brought more numbers in at the back because I thought we needed to and if we hadn't brought in Andre, Timm and Ivo (Pinto) then we would have been in a pickle,' said Neil. 'We all saw Andre hobble off with his knee and his season is done so he is away back to Liverpool to do his rehab, albeit he is still our player on loan. He needs to focus on next season. He did well in certain bits for us and looked like he was getting up to speed and ready to kick on and then he would pick up a little injury or when we played Liverpool he was ineligible. He showed enough to show he is going to be a good player.
'Timm Klose is going to miss the remainder of the season. We knew that was the case after the last game so that doesn't change too much for us. With Ivo he has not played a great deal but it was difficult to incorporate two new players into a back four at the same time and that is why his game-time has been a bit limited because Timm was the one who got involved more.'
Norwich head to the Emirates in the bottom three on goal difference to Sunderland and Neil's men could be further adrift by the time they kick-off at 5:30pm.
'The simple fact is we needed to win games to stay in the league, that remains the case, we have just made it a bit tougher for us,' he said. 'I think what happens is when you lose a big game, like Sunderland, at that stage we are four points above them and everything was looking rosy. What happened since then is they beat us and then pick up another point which means we are under them on goal difference, which is nothing to be honest. We just need to pick up more points than them in these final four games, Newcastle have a game more played and a point behind us.'