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Team news: City v Boro

2 February 2018

Norwich City will make a late decision on the fitness of James Maddison after the midfielder missed three days of training this week.

Maddison, who scored the winner at Brentford on Saturday, had to rest after feeling some stiffness in his hamstrings.

“We were concerned with James as he felt a pain in his hamstring muscle so we had to train without him for three days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and he only returned today,” Daniel Farke told the press on Friday lunchtime. “We are hoping there’s no reaction overnight, but it will be a very late decision on him – he’s a bit doubtful because he hasn’t trained as much as we’d like. We don’t want to take any risk with him.”

Ivo Pinto hasn’t recovered from his knee injury in time for Saturday’s game, but is making progress. Harrison Reed stepped into the right wing-back position in the win over Brentford, and Farke was impressed with his performance.

“Ivo’s much improved, and we thought he’d be available but we’ve still got the feeling it’s a bit of a risk as he still feels a bit of a pain in his movements,” said Farke. “I hope he can return next week.

“I was not surprised with how well Reed played. He’s intelligent and reads the game really well – he’s good technically, he’s aggressive and runs well on the wing too. Harry was really good at Brentford, but it’s what I expected. Holding midfielders can often adapt really well to playing at full-back, and he enjoyed the challenge.”

Wes Hoolahan and Tom Trybull have trained all week and are both available, but a late decision will be made on Timm Klose.

“Timm Klose has had problems with his heels this week which has caused him pain, and we had to without him in training on Thursday,” said Farke. “He was OK today, so we have a decision to make with him on Saturday.”

Farke also gave an update on the progress of Matt Jarvis, who has stepped up his individual training in recent weeks. “Matt Jarvis did some proper work with our sports scientist, and he has improved a lot,” he said. “He looks sharp, so perhaps there’s a chance he can return next week to team training.”

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