Nelson Oliveira will miss the visit of Wolverhampton Wanders on Tuesday evening after suffering a calf strain in Saturday’s defeat to Derby County.
Oliveira has been struggling with a groin injury for some weeks, and he pulled up with a problem in his calf 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute against Derby.
“Nelson isn't available for tomorrow,” Farke said at Monday lunchtime’s press conference. “He has a calf strain, but might be OK for Saturday against Bolton Wanderers. We hope to sort it out in the international break.
“He will see specialists to look at his back and his groin and a dentist to look at his teeth problem, as they might all be connected. Hopefully we can find out what the problem is and get it sorted and have him back at 100%, as he’s a very important player.”
There was better news regarding Ivo Pinto. The right-back took a big hit against Derby, but should be fit to start against Wolves. “Ivo got a hit on his leg and when it’s cold it can seem worse than it is. Yesterday he wasn't able to run or train, but he's a tough guy and should be able to play.”
Farke admits the heavy workload is taking its toll on his squad, after playing 390 minutes in just six days. City tired towards the end of the Derby match, and struggled to respond in the last 10 minutes when the Rams took the lead for the second time in the game.
“For offensive players to be at their most creative they have to be fresh. But they have had a heavy load, with a lot of injuries. Nelson Oliveira, Josh Murphy, Marley Watkins, Steven Naismith and Alex Pritchard have been missed, which means we haven’t been able to rest some guys like Cameron Jerome as much as we’d like to.
“It’s not such a problem with our defensive players. But we hope to have offensive players back fit after the international break.”
There was an encouraging update on Pritchard, who has returned to individual training following ankle surgery in pre-season, and Naismith, who has spent the last couple of months on the sidelines.
“Alex Pritchard will probably return to team training after the international break, and so should Steven Naismith,” said Farke. “Because Pritchard has been out for so long, he won’t be able to play straight away. But hopefully we can give him some minutes, and maybe look to have him starting games from mid-December or January.”