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Team News: Sheffield United v City

15 September 2017

Nelson Oliveira will miss City’s trip to Sheffield United after picking up a groin injury.

Oliveira, who has struck four times for the Canaries this season, faces a short spell on the sidelines.

“It’s bad news for Nelson Oliveira,” Daniel Farke told the media on Friday lunchtime. “He had a scan on Thursday and we’ll have to do without him for at least the next 12 days, so he will miss tomorrow, Brentford and probably Bristol City.

“Hopefully he can return before the next international break [at the beginning of October]. He felt a problem with his groin during the Burton game, and the problem has increased since. We had to check it on the scan, and it’s strained. Hopefully it won’t be longer than 12 days, but we’ve got to keep an eye on it. It’s bad news as he was in such good shape and was playing really well.”

With Cameron Jerome fully recovered from a groin strain, Farke expects City to have enough firepower in Oliveira’s absence. “It’s an opportunity for all of our offensive players,” he said. “We shouldn’t put too much pressure on Cam – it’s up to everyone to score goals.”

There were no further injury problems from the Burton Albion draw, but with a third game in seven games Farke says he will be keeping an eye on the fitness of the squad. “I’m thinking about some changes, but it won’t be too many,” he says. “You look at the offensive options with so many games in a few days, but defensively you want the team in the same rhythm and getting used to each other.”

Farke also gave a fitness update on Alex Tettey, who played the full 90 minutes against Birmingham City and Burton Albion. “With Tettey it’s like Wes Hoolahan – he can’t do each and every game for 90 minutes,” Farke said. “Normally three games in seven days is a little bit risky for him, but we’ve had three days to recuperate a little bit since Burton and he’s looked sharp in training and his knees have felt fine.

“When he doesn’t feel 100% he will always tell us, but right now he’s in good shape. He worked a lot in pre-season and looks physically in good shape, and I’m really content with his last two performances.”

There was an also update on long-term absentee Alex Pritchard, who is recovering following ankle surgery after picking up an injury in pre-season. “Pritchard is on track and is working really hard,” Farke said. “We expect him back in January perhaps. It’s really sad because he’s such an important player and he can score goals, create, assist and produce special moments.”

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