Daniel Farke has declared in-form James Maddison fit and available for the visit of Derby County to Carrow Road on Saturday.
Maddison was the matchwinner in the East Anglian derby last weekend and featured in the Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal in midweek, before being withdrawn after picking up a knock.
However, the boss delivered a positive update on the fitness of one of his key players.
“He is available. He took a hit, several hits. After the game, he had some problems with his calf but he is okay,” said Farke, speaking at his pre-match press conference. “Good players have to handle it. There are some hits and oppositions players want to get the ball and have to be aggressive against him. He can handle it.”
The visit of Derby will mark City’s third match in just six days and Farke praised his players for coping with their heavy workload, although adding he will make some changes for the weekend.
“Their load is incredible,” he added. “We’ve had two games in three days and high intensity games. We also had some injuries and that meant we weren’t able to substitute all of the guys so there have been lots of minutes for some guys.
"It helped having a longer break between Tuesday and tomorrow which is necessary after high intensity games. Directly after Arsenal, the situation looked worse.
“We will have to rotate some positions because there has been a lot of load for some players - 132 minutes all in all. For the weekend it’s not so easy, Derby could recreate and watch our games with their feet up. But we can handle it."
Nelson Oliveira and Josh Murphy returned to Farke’s starting XI for the Arsenal trip but the boss is wary throwing them both into action again against Derby.
“Nelson is fit but not 100%. I take responsibility for the decision but I wanted to risk him against Arsenal. Josh still had pain in his toe but I wanted to risk him as well. I think it was the right decision to do this against Arsenal.
“Nelson was careful in the first 30 minutes but had a good second half. Normally I didn’t want to let him play 132 minutes but there were some other problems with other players. He has something inside and he’s always able to create special moments. But he can’t play four games in 10 days. He will be back with 100% after the international break. He will make a short-term appearance tomorrow.”
In other team news, Farke confirmed that Marley Watkins is back available after suspension but added that Steve Naismith is out of tomorrow’s game, despite returning to training.