Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke says that they will have to find a solution to the central defensive injury woes after Christoph Zimmermann was ruled out for four to six weeks with a hamstring complaint.
The Canaries are already without Ben Gibson for the remainder of this season after he suffered an ankle injury in the closing minutes of their last match against Blackburn Rovers.
However, this week the club was dealt a further blow when Christoph Zimmermann, the player who replaced him in the match against Blackburn, damaged a tendon in his hamstring.
Speaking about the injury, Daniel Farke said: “I was not over the moon for us and also for Christoph, because the last weeks were difficult for him.
“He was in great shape in training, and he was highly motivated and always delivered when he came in, so we all got the feeling that he fully deserved to have the chance to bring it for us in a crucial moment.
“He is the most disappointed guy in the dressing room. However, sometimes you have to accept that there are setbacks, in an individual way and also for the group, you have to say ‘come on we can’t suffer too long, we have to deal with it’.
"He (Christoph) also has to make sure he can return as quick as possible. There is a chance that he could be involved in the two last games and for that he has to do everything he can do to be available as quick as possible and I, along with our coaching staff, have to find some solutions of how to deal with this situation.”
Speaking about the different options he has available, Farke added: “We have players that can fulfil this role, but Andrew (Omobamidele) is a natural born centre back, Jacob (Sorensen) and Alex (Tettey) are more midfield players but they have proven before that they can fulfil this role as well and for that we will find some solutions and we will work on it, but we don’t just have to find a solution for tomorrow, we have to find a solution for the next six or seven games.”
Added to the injury to Christoph, Farke was also waiting to see if all of the players who went away on international duty would return fit and well. The training session on Thursday was also pushed back to 2.30pm in the afternoon to allow eight players, who had played for their countries on Wednesday evening, to be assessed for their availability to travel to Preston North End.
“When I ask them if they are ready to go, everyone will tell me ‘yeah, I am buzzing. I am ready to go. I feel fantastic’. However, not all the eight players who were involved yesterday will be in the starting line-up, but it would also be tricky to do it without all of the eight players. From the sports science view it wouldn’t make sense, but we also can’t afford this. So we have to be smart in terms of what we do and who we play.”