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Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Norwich City

15 February 2019

Norwich City will be without Alex Tettey for Saturday’s game against Bolton Wanderers, with Emi Buendia and Marco Stiepermann also a doubt.

Daniel Farke delivered the news during his press conference and said after picking up an ankle injury during the midweek game, Tettey had travelled back to Norwich for a scan.

He said: "Sadly we have to change Alex Tettey, he was on crutches after the game. During the game he got a knock in the first half but he played further on with a really good second half and sadly it seems to be that he has a ligament injury in his ankle. He is already back at Norwich and will have a scan and then hopefully we will know a bit more.

“There was a tackle in the first half and he went down and I remember I sent two players to warm-up because I was concerned. But Alex is a fighter and he played further on and when you stay warm and in the game it’s possible to go further on.

"Even after the game he wasn’t complaining too much but overnight everything was swollen and he wasn’t able to step on it. We are really concerned that there is a bigger ligament injury, but we have to wait to see what the doctor says.

“I also can’t guarantee that it is possible to play Emi Buendia and Marco Stiepermann tomorrow. They had some soreness in the muscles so we will have to make some late decisions with them. I hope they are available, it doesn’t look too bad and our physios are working 24-hours in order to get them available.

"I hope they are both available because they were crucial in recent weeks and are both in good shape. Today they were able to do a calmed down and light training session and I still have hopes that they will be available.”

With Mario Vrancic already out with an ankle injury, the City boss said he may look to bring Mortiz Leitner back into the squad a week sooner than planned.

“Mortiz was just a topic for the Bristol game but he is here with us and has been able to train,” Farke said. “We have to wait to see what happens with the other two midfield players and we do have some other options, but I’m thinking about having Mortiz in the squad because in this area we have a few key players injured.

“It is the same topic with Timm [Klose] because he has just been training with us since last Sunday and we didn’t have normal team training during the week so it would normally be just a topic for Bristol, but because of the situation he is also in my thoughts for tomorrow. He won’t be in the starting line-up but perhaps to have him as an option for 10 or 15 minutes.

Kenny [McLean] is prepared and was there with a really good performance in the training and also when I brought him in. He is prepared to be there in the starting line-up and it’s good after a long term injury to have Kenny fully fit and available.”

Farke also provided an update on Louis Thompson and Carlton Morris, who are continuing their rehab back at Colney.

“The plan was that Louis would join us in team training at the end of March and Carlton perhaps a bit later and it looks like Louis will be available for the last four or five games,” said Farke. “The rehab seems to be going ok and perhaps he can return a bit sooner than expected and he is working hard at Norwich at the moment on his rehab.

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