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Team News: Norwich City v Southampton

18 June 2020

Norwich City will be without defensive trio of Sam Byram, Grant Hanley and Christoph Zimmermann for the remainder of the Premier League season.

Daniel Farke delivered the triple injury blow at his Thursday pre-match press conference ahead of City’s first game of the restart against Southampton on Friday (6pm KO).

He said: “I have to confirm it’s the end of the season for Grant Hanley. He has surgery on his hamstring this Saturday and will miss around 12-16 weeks.

“It’s also the end of the season for Sam Byram. He injured himself in the Liverpool game and has had a setback in his rehab. He has a complicated situation with his hamstring.

“We hope he doesn’t need surgery but still, there’s no chance for him this season.

Christoph Zimmermann is also out for the season. We’ve tried to re-involve him back into team training, but he’s had problems with his lower back and hamstring.”

The City head coach also ruled Marco Stiepermann out of contention for the Saints game. The midfielder has been forced to miss part of training recently because of he gave positive COVID-19 test at the start of the week.

There was positive news though in the form of Timm Klose. The defender has been absent since injuring knee ligaments in the Carabao Cup defeat to Crawley Town back in August 2019.

"Timm is definitely available. Physcially, he’s prepared right now but we have to be realistic. His last start in a league game was January 1, 2019."

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