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Team News: Norwich City V Aston Villa

22 October 2018

Daniel Farke says the Canaries have no new injury worries ahead of their game against Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Onel Hernandez came off with a knock in the 76th minute during Saturday’s game as Norwich beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 at the City ground, but Farke said he is available to play in tomorrow’s game.

Jordan Rhodes and Hernandez started their first league games since September, and Farke says he will have to manage the workload of the two players.

“It’s an option to have Onel Hernandez on the bench, then we can have him perhaps 20 or 30 minutes because of his pace and his ability in one-on-one situations, he’s a big threat,” said Farke.

“It was Jordan Rhodes’ first league game in several weeks, so like Onel he was out for a while; he last played against Wycombe so he’s in a bit better condition [than Hernandez].”

Farke said Ben Marshall won’t be available tomorrow after missing around eight days of training due to sickness.

He also spoke about some of City’s players who are not expecting to return within the immediate future.

Farke said: “We have some key players injured like Grant Hanley and Kenny McLean, but we have no new injuries after the last game, we have to make some late decisions on several players.”

Hanley and McLean remain unavailable with injuries they picked up earlier in this season, and Farke provided an update on how the two are progressing.

“It’s been bad luck for him [Grant Hanley] so far,  he missed nearly most of pre-season, then he was back for four weeks, then he had structural damage to his muscles , the latest diagnosis is that his rehab is okay.

“He may be back in team training in two to three weeks, but we expect him to be back after the next international break.”

Both Carlton Morris and Sean Raggett remain side-lined with long-term injuries.

Farke said: “Carlton Morris has been doing some straight running and on the pitch he is looking pretty good, he is working on changing direction. It’s difficult to predict when he’ll be back, I’d say eight to nine weeks.”

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