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Team News: Norwich City v Rotherham United

30 November 2018

Norwich City will be without Onel Hernandez and Mortiz Leitner for Saturday’s game against Rotherham United.

Daniel Farke said Hernandez suffered a muscular injury against Hull City on Tuesday and may be out for around two weeks.

Farke said: “Sadly we will have to do without Onel Hernandez, he felt some slight problems with his hamstring, even today in training and will not be involved tomorrow.

“He has a scan tomorrow as there seems to be some blood in his hamstring so we had to wait until everything had calmed down.

“I don’t think it’s a big thing as he doesn’t feel any plain when walking or slow jogging, but he is unable to sprint.”

The City boss also provided an update on German midfielder Mo Leitner who missed Tuesday night’s game. But despite being ruled out of the Rotherham match, Farke hopes he may be back for next Saturday’s game against Bolton Wanderers.  

 “We will have to play without Mo, he has no chance of playing [against Rotherham United], it’s a small Injury in the calf but we hope he is back next week,” said Farke.

“It will depend on how [the injury] develops day to day, and when everything works he can join us during the middle of the next week if that’s possible.

“The Bolton game may be tricky for Onel but there is hope that Leitner may be back.”

The City boss said there was concern earlier in the week for both Teemu Pukki and Emi Buendia who came back with a few knocks from the Hull City game.

“We were a bit concerned about Teemu Pukki and Emi Buendia, as they got two hits, but they are ok and available for tomorrow,” he said. 

Grant Hanley will continue his return from the injury he suffered against Ipswich Town in September with some more minutes on the pitch with the Under-23s tonight.

"Grant will get some minutes [for the Under-23s]," said Farke. "It’s important for him to get the feeling of the 11 v 11 game again, we will only bring him back when he is 100% back in shape.”

However the Under-23s game will come too soon for Matt Jarvis, who remains out due to the Club’s medical staff not wanting to risk the midfielder.

Farke said: “It was different between the days, sometimes he can train with us and sometimes he has to calm down the load, so we have decided not to give him minutes.”

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