Daniel Farke delivered a positive injury bulletin ahead of City’s Sky Bet Championship visit to Ipswich Town.
Norwich were down to the bare bones in attack in the draw against Hull City, but Farke hopes he will have more options going into the derby. Josh Murphy, who missed the game against Hull, has returned to training this week.
“Murphy has trained in the last two days and he should be available for at least the bench but it depends on how his toe reacts in the next two days,” Farke told the media on Friday afternoon.” It’s good we should have more offensive options than we did against Hull.”
Marco Stierpermann came off the bench against Hull, and is now available to start after training all week with no ill-effect. There was also good news about Nelson Oliveira, who came off the bench to score the 96th-minute equaliser against the Tigers.
“Nelson has trained all week but although he still feels pain sometimes he is in a better position,” Farke said. “He will certainly be able to play for longer than he did against Hull, but we’ll have to see whether he’s 100% to be able to start.”
Farke also praised the ability of his two main strikers following Cameron Jerome’s assist for Oliveira’s equaliser. “Jerome and Oliveira are very different strikers,” Farke said. “Cameron is great in the air, works a lot and gives the young lads confidence. Nelson is blessed with brilliant ability and is brilliant in finishing positions.
“Sometimes you need both of them on the pitch, like at the end against Hull City. We have really good quality in our striking positions – and Marley Watkins was brilliant against Brentford – and although Nelson is back we’re still looking forward to having him at 100% so they’re both full fit as they’re both big threats.”
Norwich will head to the Emirates just two days after Sunday’s derby, but Farke says all thoughts are on the game against Ipswich.
“When you have two games in three days – one a derby and one an away game at Arsenal – it can be difficult,” Farke said. “But we will start the best starting line-up we can against Ipswich to try and win the game, and only after that will we think about Arsenal.”