Daniel Farke delivered a sobering injury update ahead of City’s home clash with Manchester City at Carrow Road on Saturday.
There was bad news across the defence and midfield, with several players out of action.
Max Aarons, who was injured making a goal-saving tackle while on England Under-21 duty, faces a few weeks on the sidelines. “He will be out until the international break due to an ankle injury, and his foot is still in a boot,” Farke told the media on Friday lunchtime.
Elsewhere in defence, there were updates on Timm Klose, Christoph Zimmermann, Grant Hanley and Ben Godfrey.
“Timm doesn’t need surgery but that won’t reduce his time out sadly. We think it is nine months, maybe one or two less.
“Christoph’s out until January. Although he hasn’t got problems with his ligaments in his ankle, there is a problem with his foot. It’s a complicated injury, and at one time we thought it would be really serious. He doesn’t need surgery but he will need to wear a boot.”
Godfrey has also returned from England Under-21 duty with a knock. “Ben Godfrey came back with a groin strain from international duty and is a major doubt. It will be a short-term decision with Ben. Grant Hanley is available from the bench. He is back on the training pitch today and he could play 20 or 30 minutes.”
Behind the defence, there is also a minor doubt over Tim Krul after he overextended his elbow in training.
There are also issues in central midfield, with Tom Trybull, Mario Vrancic and Moritz Leitner all unavailable.
“Mario has a calf strain and isn’t available for tomorrow. Moritz hasn’t trained for two weeks and also isn’t available due to fluid on his calf.
“Tom damaged his ligaments against West Ham and won’t be back until the next international break [following the match against Aston Villa on October 5].”
Patrick Roberts is also unavailable due to ineligibility to play against his parent club Manchester City, while Onel Hernandez remains on the sidelines due to a knee injury.
“Sometimes when you have many muscle injuries, you have to look at doing something different in training,” said Farke. “But these injuries are so unlucky. We cannot complain too much. We won't cry, it's tricky, but we will try to search for some solutions.”