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Team News: Blackburn Rovers v Norwich City

21 December 2018

Timm Klose returned to training on Wednesday but won’t be available for Norwich City’s match against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

The City boss provided positive injury news sharing that there is no new injuries going into Saturday’s game but says Klose will not be travelling with the team.

Daniel Farke said: “Timm has been back in training since Wednesday, we have made the decision to leave him here and travel without him because he is not 100%, so we don’t want to take any risks in this period.

“He still has this injury in his head, but it was important that he has been out on the training pitches in the last three days and I’m pretty sure he will be fit for the game against Nottingham [Forest].

“It would be a risk [if he played]; he doesn’t feel 100% comfortable when he sprints, so I think we should give him a few days so for that reason he will stay at home.”

Despite featuring for the first team last weekend, Grant Hanley started for the Under-23s against Sunderland on Monday evening, in their 1-1 draw at Colney Training Centre.

Farke said: “It’s not like after 20 minutes with first team and you are totally back in business, and back in shape especially in the centre back role it’s important that he is back and is fully focused.

“As a centre-back it’s important you play without mistakes in the whole game because every mistake, like a goalkeeper and you can be punished.

“He looked pretty sharp with the first team, it’s important to get him back into the rhythm it was tough game for him, it helps a bit each and every day and the games with the Under-23s help.

“It was also his desire to play, he’s experienced he knows what he needs, it was his decision to decide to play and I agree with his decision.”

Kenny McLean also played for the Under-23s on Monday night, which followed his 45 minute cameo against Wolfsburg the week before.

“He [Kenny McLean] was out for such a long period, so many months, he has been back in team training for eight or nine days, he made one or two appearances with the Under-23s but he needs more.

“It’s difficult because we don’t have that much time on the training pitch because we have so many games, but we perhaps may see him around the New year.”

Matt Jarvis didn’t feature for the Under-23s on Monday night, but the City boss said that there is no new injury.

“Our sports science department and physios want to be careful with him [Matt Jarvis] and not to play to many games in so many days, but there is no new injury.”

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