Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey says it is a chance for other players to come in and shine following the news that manager Daniel Farke will be without a number of key players going into Saturday’s match against Coventry City.
Onel Hernandez, Todd Cantwell, Xavi Quintilla, Jordan Hugill, Kieran Dowell, Kenny McLean, Bali Mumba and Adam Idah were already missing for Tuesday night’s 3-2 win away at Stoke City and none of those players will be returning to the squad for this weekend’s game, while doubts remain over Lukas Rupp who was only fit enough to take a place on the bench in the last match.
Tim Krul and Teemu Pukki will also be missing having picked up thigh and hamstring strains in the game at the bet365 Stadium, while Emi Buendia will be out having picked up a one-match suspension for getting sent-off for two bookable offences.
“We are injury hit at the moment,” said Tettey, who started his first game of the Championship season at Stoke. “When someone is injured though it is a chance for another player to turn up and show what they can do. Whether it is a player that is around (the first team) or an academy player. You always need to be ready when you are given the chance.”
One such player is Michael McGovern, who came on and performed well for 60 minutes against Stoke, having replaced Krul in the first half. Tettey said his inclusion in the side shows what great strength in depth the club has as the Northern Ireland international would get into most other Championship teams starting XIs on a regular basis.
“Michael is a top, top goalkeeper and we are very fortunate that we have some top, top players in our squad who are not even playing but could play in other Championship teams," said Tettey. “So, for him to have his chance now to play, I am not worried at all about that. He is a very, very decent person and a very good goalkeeper.”
Confidence is high going into the match, despite the injury concerns, as back-to-back away wins at Middlesbrough and Stoke City have lifted Norwich to the top of the Championship table. However, Tettey is aware that Coventry City will be keen to pull off an impressive result at Carrow Road, having been recently promoted to the Championship, and therefore he and the rest of the squad will have to be at their best to make sure Norwich take all three points.
“It will be like any other Championship game where you have the team on paper that is meant to win the game and then you have a team that will do anything to beat them,” he said.
“That is how it is going to be. It is going to be a game where we want to win and we know we are capable of winning and then we have a team that is new and that it is excited about being in a league that they were not in before.
“They are going to give it their all to beat us and that is why we need to be up for it. That is why I am talking about every game you need to turn up, because if you don’t then you end up losing. We are aware of what we have to do to win the game, regardless of how exciting it is for Coventry team and whatever they are going to do. We are going to try and do everything much better than them to win the game.”