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Daniel Farke will be without Russell Martin and Steven Naismith for the visit of Bristol City to Carrow Road on Saturday.
Both players missed the midweek Carabao Cup victory over Brentford, with Martin having injections after playing for the U23s on Sunday and Naismith struggling with an adductor injury, and Farke revealed he will have to do without two of his experienced players for the visit of the Robins.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Farke said: “Russell is available but he won’t be in the squad. He wasn’t able to train for three and a half days this week. He had his first session today but it’s too soon for him to return.
“There is no chance for Steven Naismith. He hasn’t been able to train for five days and is still having problems with his groin. He was in rehab today and will have a scan in the coming days.”
Farke also offered an explanation as to why James Maddison and Michael McGovern were both missing from the squad that travelled to Brentford: “We thought James would be available [after coming off against Sheffield United] but he had some problems with his calves so he didn’t travel. He was in rehab for two days and trained today. It may be too early for the starting eleven but he should be okay.
“We didn’t want to change goalkeeper for the Cup this week and we wanted Angus [Gunn] to start. Michael has had a lot of load recently because of the international break and he’ll have to go away again in a couple of weeks so we thought we would give him a break.”
Farke also spoke about Nelson Oliveira, who is currently on the sidelines with a groin injury and, said there’s a “small chance” City’s top scorer could return for the midweek trip to Middlesbrough.
“Nelson was improved today. He won’t be available for tomorrow but we will see day-to-day how it develops. It could be too early for Middlesbrough but there is a small chance.”
In other team news, summer signing Grant Hanley will be available for selection after being cup-tied for the midweek win over Brentford.