Norwich City will be without Wes Hoolahan and Cameron Jerome for the visit of Brentford to Carrow Road on Friday night.
Daniel Farke revealed at his pre-match press conference that both have been struggling with issues over the past few weeks and therefore, he will not risk them for tomorrow’s game.
“Wes has been struggling in the last two weeks,” said Farke. “He’s had a hip problem which has affected his groin. We have many players fit so we wanted to sort it this week.
“He did individual stuff this week and won’t be in the squad for tomorrow. It’s not a long-term thing though. We have four games within nine days and that’s not so easy with the load so we hope we can have him back for one or two of these games. He will return pretty soon.
“We have had some problems with Cameron Jerome. He had to go in early from training on Tuesday because he has had problems with his back. After checking him yesterday, we sent him to see his osteopath in Birmingham. He wasn’t with us yesterday but he was much better today.
“He did some individual stuff today so is not available for tomorrow. Like Wes, he will return soon.”
However, Farke declared captain Ivo Pinto available for selection: “He’s available. We were concerned after the Leeds game because he’s had problems in recent weeks. However, he’s developed pretty well. Perhaps it will be longer term problem with his hamstring. We rested him on Tuesday but he was back in training yesterday. There is no problem for tomorrow."
Left-back James Husband has missed the last few matches and Farke will be without him for tomorrow: “He had an injection on Monday and didn’t train Tuesday. He did a part-programme yesterday with the team staff and it will be too early to rotate him back into the squad this week.”
Farke revealed he will make a late decision on whether Jamal Lewis will be included in his matchday squad: “Jamal Lewis is close. I’m not sure he’ll be in the squad every game [over the festive period]. Jamal is close and there’s a good chance he’ll be in the squad tomorrow.”
Finally, Farke delivered an update on the fitness of Steven Naismith: “He’s had 10 days back in team training and I’m happy that’s he’s back. He’s not there totally in his rhythm but he has all the chance to return to the squad soon.”