TEAM NEWS: Cantwell will miss City's clash with title rivals Brentford
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Todd Cantwell's calf problem will keep him out of Norwich City's clash with title rivals Brentford on Wednesday evening.
Head coach Daniel Farke has said Cantwell could be available for the visit of Luton but that will be a late decision, when speaking at his pre-match video press conference this afternoon.
Farke said there were no fresh injury worries before providing an update on Cantwell, explaining: "Sadly he will miss the game, he's not available because of his calf problems.
"It's improving from day to day, we have to wait, I hope to have him available for the Luton game but it will be a late decision.
"We will miss him but that's what you have to handle sometimes during a season, that some really important players, key players or players who were in a good shape - and Todd was in a really good shape - are unavailable because of illness or injuries or whatever. For every club it is the same."
Marco Stiepermann is impressing in training though after a second start for the under-23s on Friday since recovering from two months out will illness, scoring a penalty and claiming two assists in a 3-0 win at Middlesbrough, but Farke suggested it may not be until after the Luton game that he is available for selection.
"Since yesterday he is back in our first-team set-up, back in team training," Farke said of Stiepermann. "The good thing with him is that he was not injured but more like an illness of his immune system, so when he returned back to training he looked quite sharp.
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"I was pretty pleased with this and it's good to have him available but the reality is that he has been out since before Christmas so he has more or less the last two-and-a-half months. It's not like one day you are back in training and then straight away back in the mix.
"Of course we have missed him a lot because he proved two years ago that he can be outstanding in the number 10 role - and he also improved yesterday in training how important he can be, he looked quite sharp.
"But he will need some time before he can really be back in the mix and also it's a bit difficult because even yesterday we just trained with a small group on the pitch because the lads who were involved in the Wycombe game need just a recovery session.
"It's difficult when you play every three days to integrate a player who was out for that long. It's also pretty important that next week we have a normal training week, which will hopefully be quite beneficial for him.
"But it's definitely good to have him available and back, also good for us and for him, a great lad in the dressing room and it's also good in the bigger picture that he is back available."
Full-back Sam Byram is still tentatively working his way back towards full training after a year out due to two hamstring operations and goalkeeper Michael McGovern is hoping to be back in contention before the season is over, after hamstring surgery at the start of the year.
The Canaries go into the game sitting seven points clear at the top of the Championship table, with Sunday's 2-0 win at lowly Wycombe securing a fifth win on the spin.
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In-form attacking midfielder Cantwell missed the game at Wycombe with a minor calf injury and Farke said there was a "less than 50 per cent" chance that the England U21 midfielder would be able to return against the Bees on Wednesday (5.30pm).
At the start of last month, Brentford had knocked City off the summit for the first time in over two months, taking advantage of the Canaries' 2-0 defeat at Swansea by winning their game in hand.
However, a 21-game unbeaten run was brought to a sudden halt with three consecutive defeats and Norwich have been able to reassume control of the automatic promotion race - sitting 10 points clear of third-placed Watford.