Daniel Farke says he will make some changes to the starting line-up for City’s Carabao Cup clash with Brentford on Tuesday evening.
The third round match will be Norwich’s fourth match in 10 days, but Farke says he is determined that City get through to the last 16 of the competition.
“It’s not easy to have two difficult away matches in a few days,” Farke told the media at the pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon. “In the last games we’ve made just a few changes from game to game. It could be that tomorrow there will be more changes.
“But we want to be there with the best starting XI we can have after the recent big work-load. It’s important to have some fresh legs on the pitch, and also Brentford are a different team so there will be some tactical changes too. But these changes will be made because we really want to win the game.”
Farke revealed that James Maddison has recovered from the knock he suffered on Saturday, but says Russell Martin and Steven Naismith will miss the trip to Griffin Park. “Naismith has got a knock on an abductor muscle and couldn’t train, so he will have to do without him. Russell Martin had to have injections after playing for the under-23s on Sunday so he needs a break for three or four days, which is a shame as we would have had him in the squad tomorrow.”
Grant Hanley will also be cup-tied after playing in the first round of the tournament for Newcastle United, while Farke admits he has a decision to make over central midfielders Alex Tettey and Tom Trybull following three successive heavy shifts.
“Tettey and Trybull were brilliant in the last three games, especially Alex because of his age and having some problems with his knees. It’s important we think about resting him, and also our wingers who have had to run a lot.
“But we won’t change 11 players, and we have to find a good balance. I have many good players on the bench and in the squad, and whoever plays will give everything for the Club and the squad.”
There was also an injury update on Nelson Oliveira, who is out of action after suffering a groin injury. “I hope Nelson can be back towards the end of next week, but it’s too soon for Bristol City for him. But I hope we can have him as soon as possible.”