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Team News: West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City

11 January 2019

Daniel Farke delivered a positive injury update to the local and national media at his pre-West Bromwich Albion press conference on Friday.

Alex Tettey was a doubt after coming off injured in the New Year’s Day draw at Brentford but he has recovered and is available to play at the Hawthorns.

Furthermore, Jamal Lewis and Emi Buendia are available after missing the past three league matches.

Farke was full of praise for his sports science and physiotherapy departments after their hard work ensured Buendia, in particular, would return way ahead of schedule.

“Big compliments must go to my staff. They have worked hard and he will travel with us tomorrow,” he said.

“It’s possible he could start. He is in a good condition and looks very sharp. He hasn’t lost too much endurance or strength after being out so it’s great to have him back.”

Louis Thompson has been missing since dislocating his shoulder in the Aston Villa victory back in October and he is also back and available for selection on Saturday.

On the possibility of Thompson travelling with the squad, Farke said: “We will travel with a bigger group because of injuries in warm-ups recently. He will travel with us. It’s really good to have him back.”

Carlton Morris – another long-term absentee who has been injured since the League One play-off final whilst playing for Shrewsbury Town in May – is also back in team training and could be considered for Under-23s inclusion this month.

However, there was a slight setback revealed on the fitness of Timm Klose.

“We have had a little setback with Timm. He quit training early on Tuesday and couldn’t train on Wednesday and Thursday.

“We gave his knee some injections and he trained today. So he will travel and we will see how the knee reacts. There are some doubts behind his appearance tomorrow.”

Farke rounded off his team news bulletin by confirming Grant Hanley’s suspension for Saturday and that Ivo Pinto is in Turkey for talks with another club.

He also mentioned that Marco Stiepermann is set to return to training on Sunday, with a view to a comeback against Birmingham City next Friday.

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