Daniel Farke says Teemu Pukki will be out for 2-3 weeks following a hamstring injury he suffered on international duty.
The City striker suffered an injury in his second game of the international break, which means he will be out for around 2-3 weeks.
“He returned injured from the international games with a muscular injury from his second game for Finland. It’s a small muscle injury so should be out for around 2-3 weeks.
“It could be worse; he could miss the next four games which is always disappointing. He has been such an important player for us, but we will find some solutions.
“We will be working with him every day, he can’t travel to Nottingham Forest and won’t be available for Aston Villa, but we have a small hope he may return for Brentford.”
The City boss isn’t upset with the staff at Finland for picking him, as Farke knows how much of an impact the striker makes when he plays.
“Finland were desperate to play him, as he is a very good player so we have to accept this and find a way to deal with it,” Farke said.
Grant Hanley has been out of action since the East Anglian derby, but is close to returning to first team action.
Farke said: “We found some solutions for Grant [when he was injured]. He’s certainly not back to full fitness, he has improved but on the physical side he is around 75 percent.
“The doctor said he will see how it develops. The earliest he will be able to return will be two weeks.”
Kenny McLean has missed a number of games for City this season and Farke gave the local press an update on McLean’s situation.
“He [Kenny McLean] had surgery 10 days ago, he has crutches at the moment and he may be able to return to the training pitches in around 2-3 week’s, but won’t be able to return to first team training until Mid-November.”
Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis both returned without any injuries from international duty. Aarons played one game for England Under-19s and Lewis started both games for Northern Ireland, but both looked ‘pretty good’ in training.
To finish Farke delivered an update on the availability on Ben Marshall.
“Ben Marshall was out for a few days during the break with illness, we had some slight knocks in training, but all the others are fine.”