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Team News: Norwich City V Stoke City

5 October 2018

Daniel Farke said Onel Hernandez could return to the squad for tomorrow’s home game against Stoke City.

Hernandez returned to team training earlier this week after recovering from a hernia operation, and although Farke said he is not ready to play the full 90 minutes he could be an option on the bench.

Onel Hernandez has been able to train for the last four days with us,” said Farke. “He was not involved at Derby but I am thinking about calling him in. He is not ready to play 90 minutes but if you have Onel’s speed and ability to find solutions in one-on-ones, it’s always a threat when you have that opportunity to throw him in for 30 minutes.

“We will see how training this afternoon works out for him but in general he is available and it could be that he is on the bench. I expect him to be fully fit to start again after the international break but to have him as an option is good and I am thinking about him.”

The City boss said Ben Marshall is also improving day-to-day following his illness, and will be back playing with the Under-23s tonight in their first Premier League Cup game of the season.

He said: “It is important for him that he is back in training after being ill and losing some weight. From day-to-day he is improving. At the moment, there is not much need to change the squad. I’m happy that Ben is back and today we are giving him an appearance again with the Under-23s because he didn’t have much game time in the last weeks. I think he will be fully fit and 100% available after the international break.”

Farke delivered similar news on Ivo Pinto who was previously out with a hamstring injury.

"Ivo missed nearly the whole of pre-seaon and then he had another injury with his hamstring and was out for 12 days,” Farke said. “He has had just two appearances so far, one with the Under-23s for 70 minutes and one really good appearance in the cup at Wycombe.

"He’s back in a good shape but in the league we have had several good appearances in this position by Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis, Louis Thompson and Ben Godfrey. Ivo is such an important part of our group, it is just a bit tricky because we are in such good shape and there is lots of competition on his position. But I’m pretty sure he will be back soon.”

Farke also told the press he would make a late decision on whether to rest some of his players after a busy run of games.

“It is always a difficult decision, normally I am a believer in rotation in two or three positions and we did this a lot in the recent months when we thought it was necessary,” he said. “It is still early-doors in the season and the players are not as exhausted as they will be in March, and we want to keep all the players in a good shape and get some game time.

“But on the other hand there is just one game to go and then it is international break for two weeks. We have some good options and some recreated players but you don’t want to break your rhythm and we are in good shape at the moment.

"It also seems like the balance between the players who started in the last games was good. It is not always just starting the best 11 players but it is also finding the right balance, which players fit together in the perfect way to be there with the best performances and my feeling was we had a pretty good fit in recent weeks.”

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