We can cover if Klose misses Sunderland game – Jarvis

Anxious times for Timm Klose at Crystal Palace. Photo: PAUL CHESTERTON

Anxious times for Timm Klose at Crystal Palace. Photo: PAUL CHESTERTON - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Matt Jarvis is confident Norwich City will be able to deal with the possible loss of Timm Klose this weekend.

The Canaries are still waiting on the prognosis of the knee injury their Switzerland centre-back suffered in the first half of their defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Klose appeared to jar his knee and then left Selhurst Park on crutches, leaving his participation in this weekend's crucial Premier League relegation clash with Sunderland at Carrow Road in doubt.

'I didn't think his departure affected us particularly on Saturday,' said Jarvis.

'As you said, Timm has been exceptional for us over the last few weeks – but Sebastien Bassong has pretty much played the whole season anyway, so he's more than capable of coming in.

'Plus, I thought he did very well when he came in during the first half on Saturday.'

With so much resting on Saturday's game, it certainly does Alex Neil's men a favour that it takes place at Carrow Road.

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Defeat at Selhurst Park was City's 12th from 17 fixtures on the road this season – only the Premier League bottom three have a worse record, with Norwich losing at two of those sides in Newcastle United and Aston Villa.

Conversely Norwich's home record is 14th best in the division ahead of Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Everton – where City head on the final day of the season.

'Thanks for bringing up those away struggles,' smiled Jarvis. 'In all seriousness we really wanted to take something from the game at Crystal Palace and we were really disappointed we didn't. So now we need to make sure our home form continues and we get a good result on Saturday against Sunderland.

'Winning games like last Saturday's would definitely make life easier for us of course, but we need to make sure we bounce back now.'

Jarvis is close to completing his first season at Norwich having scored on his debut in September's home win over Bournemouth. The winger's season-long loan was converted into a permanent move in January – amidst his recovery from a knee injury of his own suffered at Manchester City in the autumn.

'I think I've settled in very quickly here,' he added. 'It always helps when you have a good start at a club, so that helped me tremendously.

'So yeah, I've settled in, it's a great squad and I'm really looking forward to Saturday's game to put the Palace one right.

'It takes games to get back from injury but at this level, you really need to make sure you are back on it with a bang, and that's hopefully what I'm doing now.'