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Team News: Busy injury bulletin ahead of Coventry

8 January 2021

Daniel Farke will be without Tim Krul and Adam Idah for Norwich City's Emirates FA Cup third round tie against Coventry City after the pair returned positive COVID-19 tests.

The whole City squad was tested following the win over Barnsley last weekend and the tests have thrown up three positives, with the one other being a staff member.

Reacting to the news, Farke said: "We are living in strange times in this pandemic. It was down to strict, disciplined work at Colney that we've never had to deal with hardly any positive tests.

"Football is small picture of society and the numbers are rising everywhere. It's normal that some players and staff members have tested positive.

"We make sure the training ground is one of the safest places in the country. 

"We have three positive cases - Tim Krul and Adam Idah and one other staff member. It looks quite okay, they have a blocked nose but we take it seriously."

Reflecting on other injury news, Farke confirmed he'll be without Kieran Dowell, Josh Martin, Lukas Rupp and Marco Stiepermann for the visit of the Sky Blues.

"All in all, it's not too bad [after Barnsley]. We had just one negative news with Kieran Dowell. He was struggling with some pain after the game. The plan was to have small surgery on a screw in his ankle in the summer, but we needed to take it off. He will be about 10-12 days, he will miss Coventry and Cardiff.

"Josh Martin had a cold in the last few days, he's also been out. Back in individual training today. He's been tested for COVID again. He's not available for tomorrow.

"Lukas Rupp is improving from day to day but there's no chance for tomorrow though and the same with Marco Stiepermann. When he reached a certain level in training, he started to lose his balance and started to feel sick. It's hard to predict when he can return back to training.

"He needs to see some more specialists."

On a positive note, the City head coach revealed Bali Mumba and Onel Hernandez could make their returns from long lay-offs on Saturday.

"Bali and Onel are back in training. I'm thinking about involving them tomorrow. Bali Mumba is looking very sharp and the young lads don't have to deal with recovery for that long. He has a good chance to be involved tomorrow.

"With Onel, we will be a bit more careful. He needs a few training sessions to get back to his level but he is improving each and every day. He is a topic for the gameday squad."

The City head coach finished by updating the media on his goalkeeping situation: "Daniel Barden will start in goal. He's a confident lad and we fully believe in him.

"Michael McGovern has had successful surgery. The tendon was fully interrupted but it's been repaired. He will have 12-16 weeks out."

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