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Injury update: News on Klose and Pritchard

18 July 2017

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke has delivered an update on the Club's current injury concerns.

Alex Pritchard and Timm Klose were both forced off early in Saturday's 2-0 win at Cambridge United, with the pair subsequently withdrawn from City's pre-season tour of Germany.

Speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday, Farke said: "With Timm, it's a muscle injury and he will be out for at least five weeks.

"After five weeks he can probably return to team training then it will last a few more days before he's fit for a game. We will do without him for the first games of the season.

"There is a break because of the international squads which will help a little bit. Until then I don't expect him in our starting eleven.

"With Alex it is ankle ligament damage and we have to wait a little bit. The first diagnosis is not so good and we will have other meetings with the doctor.

"He will be out for at least six weeks, perhaps a little more time. It's not good news, especially because they were injuries because of fouls in a friendly game.

"We have to accept it. It's football and we have to deal with injuries."

Farke delivered more positive news on Ivo Pinto and Wes Hoolahan, with both players having travelled to Germany as they step up their respective returns from injury.

"We hope Ivo will return to the team training in the next week, which would be good for him," he added.

"He won't be in 100 per cent shape and fitness condition for the first game but each day he's able to train in pre-season will help him. I hope he can return in the next week so he has at least nine or ten days of pre-season.

"Wes has had some more sessions than Ivo. We have to work hard with him so he's able to get ready for many minutes of Championship football.

"It's important for him he has some sessions on the pitch with the guys."

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