Norwich vs Man City
Norwich are set to take on Manchester City in Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off.
The Canaries have provided neutrals with some entertaining football since their promotion to the Premier League.
However, their defensive record is no doubt a source of concern for their fans and manager.
Norwich start the weekend 19th in the league, after winning one and losing three.
They have also conceded the most goals in the PL during the first four games of the season, 10 in four.
They must now face Man City, the side who have scored the most goals in the opening PL games, 14 in four.
Norwich’s team news
Norwich also look set to have to face the current Premier League champions without a fair few players.
Daniel Farke held his pre-match press conference on Friday, and delivered a rather devastating team news update.
Farke confirmed that Max Aarons will be out until the next international break:
“He will be out until the international break due to an ankle injury, and his foot is still in a boot.” As quoted by Norwich’s official website.
Farke then spoke about Timm Klose, Christoph Zimmermann, Grant Hanley and Ben Godfrey, with only Hanley likely to feature from the bench on Saturday, as Klose and Zimmermann are out and Godfrey is a ‘major doubt’:
“Timm doesn’t need surgery but that won’t reduce his time out sadly. We think it is nine months, maybe one or two less.
“Christoph’s out until January. Although he hasn’t got problems with his ligaments in his ankle, there is a problem with his foot. It’s a complicated injury, and at one time we thought it would be really serious. He doesn’t need surgery but he will need to wear a boot.
“Ben Godfrey came back with a groin strain from international duty and is a major doubt. It will be a short-term decision with Ben. Grant Hanley is available from the bench. He is back on the training pitch today and he could play 20 or 30 minutes.”
The Norwich boss also stated that Tom Trybull, Mario Vrancic and Moritz Leitner are all unavailable:
“Mario has a calf strain and isn’t available for tomorrow. Moritz hasn’t trained for two weeks and also isn’t available due to fluid on his calf.
“Tom damaged his ligaments against West Ham and won’t be back until the next international break [following the match against Aston Villa on October 5].”
Norwich could be without 10 players
The same report from Norwich’s official website confirmed that Patrick Roberts can’t play due to ineligibility, Onel Hernandez remains on the sidelines due to a knee injury and Tim Krul is a minor doubt.
That leaves Norwich potentially without Aarons, Klose, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Trybull, Vrancic, Moritz, Roberts, Hernandez and Krul for the City game.