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Team News: Norwich City v Leeds United

24 August 2018

Daniel Farke said he expects to make a couple of changes to his side for the match with Leeds United this Saturday (3pm).

The game will be City's fifth in 14 days and Farke says he will make late decisions on a few players, in particular the players who missed most of pre-season.

"Ivo Pinto had stomach cramps after the game," the City boss said. "It's perhaps expected after being out for six days. He felt uncomfrtoable after the game.

"But everything is okay for tomorrow. We may make a late decision with him as to the starting line-up. We will see how it develops.

"Also with Alex Tettey, we will also make a late decision with him. He’s in good shape, it’s more like a mental load because he has to lead a lot and we have to be careful with his knee.

"He seemed tired in the second half but he scored a great goal. The load at the moment is a lot and he hasn’t had too much time to recover.

"Grant Hanley had no pre-season and got a hit on his shin on Wednesday. I'm a bit concerned with him so we will make a late decision."

In terms of other team news, Farke said he was keen to manage the workload of other players who have featured heavily for the Canaries in the early part of the season.

"All the other lads seems okay but I will have a chat with my offensive players. Jordan Rhodes has worked a lot, I was really pleased with him after the game on Wednesday

"Teemu Pukki's workload has been a lot as well. We will chat with them to see how they feel. It's important that our offence is fresh. I'm thinking about a few changes tomorrow."

Farke ended by delivering positive news on the fitness of Mario Vrancic who has not featured for the Canaries since the end of last season.

"He’s back in team training. He missed pre-season and he needs a bit of time but he’s back and had no problems. He will 100% be back after international break, but he could be involved v Cardiff or Ipswich. He looks pretty good."


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