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Team News: Brentford v Norwich City

31 December 2018

Norwich City have no new injury concerns following Saturday’s game against Derby County at Carrow Road.

The match against Brentford will be City’s third game within the space of six days, with the Canaries drawing against Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day before losing against Derby County on Saturday.

Moritz Leitner [ankle], Emi Buendia [ankle] and Jamal Lewis [hamstring] were all ruled out of action by City boss Daniel Farke last week and remain out for the game on New Year’s Day.

Leitner and Buendia are expected to return towards the end of January, while Lewis is expected to return within the next few weeks.

Despite those three absences, Farke provided a positive update on the rest of his squad.

Farke said: “Everything is ok, there has been a lot of load in the recent days, a few of the players are a bit tired. Ben [Godfrey] wasn't used to playing that much at the beginning of the season and he has played four games in 10 days.

"He was perhaps a bit tired in the last 10 minutes, like most of the players, but he has been there with some really good performances."

The City boss said one of the main differences between his City side last season and this season is the amount of rotation between each matchday squad.

“Each and every club will feel tired after this period, but it’s the last league game within this period so we don’t have to rest the players to keep them fresh for the next league game because that is in 12 days," Farke said. 

“We have rotated a bit less than last season and have got the deserved result, but we have to analyse the offensive players, as they have lots of work load.

Teemu [Pukki] is delivering with goals nearly in each and every game, but it’s also a lot of work load. It’s always a question, can he again have such an impact or should we change the offensive positions.

“To create something special you have to be fresh, so it’s a tricky balance to make without breaking the rhythm and rotating too much."

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