Daniel Farke has revealed that City striker Nelson Oliveira should be fit to play against Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.
A groin problem meant Oliveira was unable to start in City’s defeat to Aston Villa – although he did come off the bench to score – and he was left out of Norwich’s squad in the Carabao Cup win over Charlton Athletic in midweek.
“Nelson looked good today in training,” Farke told the media at Friday’s pre-match press conference. “We have to wait a little bit to see how his groin reacts, but he felt fine. I think he will be available, but we have to wait a little bit to see how he reacts overnight. Right now he should be travelling with us to Millwall.”
Farke was also pleased that Oliveira, who has scored three goals in four games for City this season, has been called up to Portugal’s international squad for their World Cup qualifiers. The European champions face Faroe Islands and Hungary in Group B on August 31 and September 3.
“I think he deserves to be called up,” says Farke. “He’s had a good start and has worked hard for us, and we’re really happy for him. You’re always a little bit concerned when players have little injury problems and have to go away for national duty – but it’s not such a big problem as his groin should be fine.”
There was also good news on centre-back Marcel Franke – who had to be substituted against Charlton after feeling some muscle pain – and forward Marley Watkins. “Franke looked good today and he was able to train with us. He didn’t feel any pain so I think he should be fine. Marley had some problems with his feet after Charlton, but a day off on Thursday was good for him. He still feels it a little bit but not too much so he should be ok to play tomorrow.”
Cameron Jerome, who is struggling with a groin injury, and Timm Klose, who has been out since an injury against Cambridge United in pre-season, won’t be available for the trip to Millwall.
“Cameron won’t be travelling with us,” he says. “He wasn’t able to train today. When he has to open up the hip he feels pain, but he’s been running and in the gym so it shouldn’t be too bad for him. To be honest I thought he would be ok for this game, but sometimes groin problems can last a few more days than expected. I think after these two weeks of international break he should be fine.
“Today was Timm’s first session with the whole team after six weeks. He looked good and sharp and we thought about taking him to Millwall but we think it’s a little too early for him. We don’t want to take any risks with him, especially with the international break coming up.”