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Team news: City v Barnsley

17 November 2017

Daniel Farke has declared Nelson Oliveira fit for the visit of Barnsley on Saturday whilst also offering positive updates on the fitness of Alex Pritchard and Jamal Lewis.

Oliveira has endured an injury-hit start to the season but Farke said he was delighted to see his top scorer back fit and raring to go.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Farke said: "Nelson is not too bad. The first week of the international break he was doing some individual training to prepare him for team training. He trained with us on Tuesday and had no problems. Obviously we had to be careful but he is available for tomorrow and that's really good news.

"He had big problems with his calf and saw the dentist as well, but now everything is sorted. He had lots of different problems with his body but now everything is in good shape. He looked good in training and hopefully he can train and play and score consistently now."

Pritchard and Lewis have both missed the start to the season with long-term injuries but Farke said a return to first-team action is not far away for both.

"Alex was back in team training on Wednesday and that's really good news. He has a smile on his face and is happy to be back. 100% for him right now, it's important to get a lot of training. He may play for Under-23s on Monday. We have to be careful because it was a long break for him.

"We also have some good news on Jamal. He could return to team training after Cardiff."

However, Farke revealed late decisions will be made on the fitness of Cameron Jerome and James Maddison.

"Cameron had some problems yesterday, he got a hit on foot and didn't train. Today he returned and it was still painful but not a massive problem.

"James Maddison came back and had some hamstring problems. He didn't train with 100% yesterday. Today it was okay but we have to see how he feels tomorrow. We will make short-term decision. He's been important for us and we are very happy that he was at England but he's had a lot of load. We hope he's available for tomorrow but we will make a short-term decision."

Elsewhere, Alex Tettey and Steven Naismith will still be unavailable for Saturday and Matt Jarvis and Louis Thompson are still a long way off a return to action.

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