Daniel Farke has delivered a mixed injury bulletin ahead of City’s trip to West Ham, with Christoph Zimmermann and Josip Drmic available but Grant Hanley and Timm Klose sidelined.
Norwich have had two fit centre-backs in the first three league games of the season, with Ben Godrey and Hanley starting in each match. Zimmermann and Klose returned for City’s midweek Carabao Cup clash with Crawley but there were concerns when both had to be withdrawn during the game.
“Christoph Zimmermann is available,” Farke told the media at the Lotus Training Centre on Friday lunchtime. “He got a hit against his back and hip and was sore but he trained today. He's been out for a long time but he's available.
“Unfortunately Grant Hanley is out for tomorrow. He injured himself this morning and overstretched his groin. He needs a scan today and I'm not sure he can travel with Scotland [for international duty].”
The boss delivered an update on Klose’s injury following a scan of his knee early this week.
“Timm Klose has had a scan but he will need another scan next week,” Farke said. “He has ruptured his PCL [posterior cruciate ligament] and may need surgery. It's difficult to judge at the moment, and it depends a bit on the result of the re-scan. We are concerned with his meniscus.
“The best-case scenario is he will be out for four months. There's a danger there is something wrong with the meniscus, so the worst-case scenario from the doctors is 9 to 12 months.
“Timm was unbelievably disappointed and it's important to let him be disappointed. 2019 hasn't been his year, he's had quite a few injuries. The opponent slipped and it's tough to take. He worked so hard to come back, and we will support him 100% with his recovery.
“He will come back stronger than before, and he’s a brilliant footballer and a brilliant lad. We will give him all the time he needs.”
There was brighter news for Josip Drmic. City’s summer signing has been recovering from a hamstring injury that has kept him out of Norwich’s plans since a substitute appearance at Anfield.
“Josip is also available. He trained with us the last three days, and he'll be back 100% after the international break but he is an option for tomorrow. Alex Tettey is also fine and fit to travel, so it’s good to have both of them back.”