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Team news: City v Hull

13 October 2017

City midfielder Alex Tettey will be sidelined for up to two months after picking up a calf injury in training.

Tettey, who started in Norwich’s wins over Birmingham, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and Reading last month, has suffered a calf strain.

“Alex Tettey was injured during training, when he was hit against his calf and he’s strained it,” Daniel Farke told the media at Friday afternoon’s press conference. “There’s some blood in the muscle which means it’s a bit unpredictable how long we have to do without him.

“It will be at least four weeks, but it could be two months. That’s really bad news, but we have to handle it and find some solutions. He was in a really good shape and really important for our squad, so it’s a sad situation for him and us.”

The Canaries will also be without attacker Josh Murphy for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship match against Hull City due to a broken toe suffered in the win over Reading. “Josh has broken his toe, but it’s not too bad.” Farke said. “There’s no need for an operation, but he’s in a lot of pain when he trains and won’t be ready for tomorrow. Hopefully he can return next weekend.”

Nelson Oliveira and Marco Stiepermann aren’t ready to return to City’s starting line-up, but will be in the squad for Saturday’s match. “Oliveira has had some minor improvements with his groin injury.” Farke said. “He trained for the first time on Tuesday – he’s not back at 100% but he will be with us tomorrow but he isn’t ready for 90 minutes. Hopefully I’ll have him back fully fit for Ipswich and Arsenal. But he could at least be ready from the bench on Saturday.

“There’s also a little improvement with Stiepermann’s groin. He was able to train with us on Thursday for the first time without pain. He won’t be able to be in the starting line-up, but he is ready for the bench. Hopefully he will also be back 100% next weekend too.”

Neither Steven Naismith nor Russell Martin have recovered from their injuries, but there was better news for Mario Vrancic and James Maddison.

“Mario is back, and that’s really good news because he was in really good shape before his injury, scoring two goals against Brentford. He’s totally fit and has trained for the last 10 days, so he’s available for tomorrow.

“James Maddison has suffered some bad fouls, but that’s because he’s a special player and full of movement. He gets hit quite a lot, and he has to be tough. He got a bad hit against Reading and he was only able to train on his own last week, but he’s back to 100%.”

The City players who went away on international duty - Grant Hanley, Wes Hoolahan, Angus Gunn and Michael McGovern – have all returned without any injuries and are available for Saturday.

Farke also had an injury update for long-term absentee Alex Pritchard, who has yet to feature this season after undergoing ankle surgery following an injury suffered in the pre-season friendly against Cambridge United. “It looks good for Alex Pritchard. He’s been able to do some running and we hope he can return to team training after the next international break in November.

“Then he’ll need some additional weeks of training to get up to full fitness. So if there’s no setback, then perhaps he’ll be ready for match action by the middle of December.”

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