Tom Trybull will miss Norwich City’s trip to Nottingham Forest after picking up a back strain against Barnsley.
Midfielder Trybull, who hasn’t missed a game since his league debut against Birmingham City in early September, joins fellow defensive midfielder Alex Tettey on the sidelines.
“Tom Trybull is not available,” Daniel Farke told the media on Monday lunchtime. “He got several hits in his back against Barnsley and he has a strain. The doctor says he’ll probably be out for seven to 10 days. We’ll probably have to do without him for the next two games, although there’s a very small possibility he might be available for Preston on Saturday.”
Left-back James Husband is also out for a couple of weeks after feeling some pain in his groin against Barnsley, while Steven Naismith is still feeling discomfort following an ankle injury.
Farke admits the series of injuries has meant he hasn’t been able to give James Maddison as many breaks as he would ideally like. “I had planned to give him a few more breaks because he’s still young. He’s done brilliantly for us and is really consistent, but to be at your most creative you have to be 100% and be full of energy.
“I would have preferred to give him some more breaks, but at the moment we have some injury problems in the centre of the pitch and at the moment there’s no chance of giving him a break. But he’s so professional in his recreation and he looks after himself really well, and I’m full of respect for his working philosophy.”
Alex Pritchard, who returned to team training last week after ankle surgery during pre-season, travelled with the Under-23s to face Wolves on Monday evening. But Farke says he has to manage the playmaker’s comeback carefully.
“Alex Pritchard is burning to play and wants to step on the pitch,” he said. “He looks good in training, but it’s early days so we have to handle him well and he will get minutes with the under-23s.
“The temptation is big to bring him back in – he’s a key player for our offence and one of the best players in the Championship. He can make a difference in games with his creativity, and he’s full of ability and he brings goals and assists. But I have to be patient and we have to be careful with his load, because we want to bring him in when he’s 100%. Anything less than that won’t help him and it won’t help us and we want to make sure we don’t risk injuring him again by playing him when he’s not 100%.
"We look forward to the day he returns and he’s really hungry to be involved.”