Daniel Farke revealed that influential midfielder Tom Trybull will be absent from first-team action for at least ten weeks after injuring ankle and knee ligaments in the win over Middlesbrough last weekend.
Trybull celebrated his new three-and-a-half-year deal at Carrow Road with the all-important matchwinner against Boro but he was withdrawn midway through the second-half.
And Farke delivered some disappointing news on the fitness of Trybull at his pre-Derby County press conference.
“It’s not good news [regarding Tom],” he said. “He has a partial PCL rupture (knee), MCL strain (knee) and an ATFL rupture (ankle).
“Realistically, he won’t be able to return until the end of the season. We have a little bit of hope because there is no need for an operation and Tom is able to recreate pretty soon after injury.
“We hope to have him back at the end of April so we could have him for the last few games.
“Sometimes you have to accept injuries happen. It is a contact injury so you can’t do too much about it. I wouldn’t want to tell my players to avoid duels with other players.”
“We have several options. We have Alex Tettey, Harrison Reed in good shape, Mario Vrancic in good form and also Moritz Leitner who can play the defensive role."
Farke did however declare captain Ivo Pinto and playmaker James Maddison fit for selection, although he added Pinto will start from the substitutes’ bench.
“The first time Ivo trained with us was on Wednesday. Yesterday, we had to calm him down a bit and he had his first complete session today.
“He’s not prepared to play 90 minutes but will travel with us. We’re happy to have him back. I know he’s a good option for the last 30 minutes and he’ll be there with his experience and leadership in the dressing room.
“We had to substitute James a dead leg on Saturday. Thursday was his first team training session but he’s available. It’s not such a big problem but always better when he has a full week worth of training. At least he’s available."
With the exception of Trybull’s injury news, Farke said there were no new injury concerns.
“There’s nothing too bad elsewhere. It’s been good for Dennis (Srbeny), Onel (Hernandez), Moritz and Marcus (Edwards) to have another week with us.
“They are starting to settle now. All in all, we have a really good situation. The only disappointment is with Tom.”
Farke finished his injury update by adding that long-tern absentee Matt Jarvis will return to team training next week.