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Team News: Norwich City v Derby County

28 December 2018

Norwich City will be without several key players for this Saturday’s game against Derby County at Carrow Road.

Emi Buendia was forced off with an injury against Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day, and Daniel Farke said the City midfielder will be out until the end of January in a similar position to Moritz Leitner. 

Farke said: “In general it’s not too good. Emi will be out for three or four weeks with a ligament injury after a tackle when he slipped away on the ankle; no surgery [is needed] so it’s not that bad.

“Moritz is already five or six days into his rehab. They are both expected to return at the end of January, so they will be out for about four weeks so we will have to wait.

“It’s far from ideal because they are both important for our rhythm and possession so it is a big blow.”

Jamal Lewis was also forced off with an injury against Forest, and could be out for City’s next three games.

“In addition, we will also have to play the next three games without Jamal because he has a muscle strain in his hamstring," said Farke.

“We expect to have him back after the West Brom game and we have a bit of hope for him to return for that game so we will see. He has been crucial for us over the past weeks."

Christoph Zimmermann was due to start against Nottingham Forest but a late change saw the defender removed from the starting line-up and replaced by Timm Klose after feeling ill in the warm-up. 

Farke said: “We hope that Christoph is back for tomorrow, he had a rest day yesterday, and he isn’t a major doubt but perhaps just a small question mark; we will see how he is over the next 24 hours.

“I was a bit concerned with Timm as we would normally give him 20/25 minutes after being out with an injury, we will have to wait to see how he is but I am confident.

“At the moment there is a lot of load and it’s not ideal when you have a lot of injuries to key players, but all the other players are available.”

The City boss then turned his attention to Norwich's longer absences and provided an update on the fitness of Kenny McLean, Carlton Morris and Louis Thompson.

“Kenny has been back in team training for two weeks, and also made two appearances for the Under-23s, it’s good to have him back. My plans with him are for January; perhaps he can be available for the cup game.

“Carlton and Louis are back in training but not in team training; they are doing a lot on the pitch but not with the ball.

“They need to get used to team training, Louis has to be careful with his shoulder because it’s not 100%, but they are not too far away from returning to training with the team.”

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