Norwich City have emerged as surprise league-leaders and Daniel Farke will be keeping his side grounded heading into the festive period, which could define their season.
The Canaries are currently a point clear at the top of the table heading into the weekend’s game against Rotherham, but the Norwich boss has been struck with disappointing news on the injury front to a key duo.
Onel Hernandez and Mo Leitner have been ruled out of the clash against the Millers and are set for a short spell on the sidelines.
Hernandez has been in impressive form this season so his injury will be hugely frustrating news for the Carrow Road faithful, and Farke revealed the extent of his injury in a recent press conference:
“He has a scan tomorrow as there seems to be some blood in his hamstring so we had to wait until everything had calmed down.”
The Norwich boss hopes to have midfielder Leitner available for their clash against Bolton next week, but felt that the game against the Trotters may come too soon for Hernandez.
“We will have to play without Mo, he has no chance of playing (against Rotherham United), it’s a small Injury in the calf but we hope he is back next week,” said Farke.
“The Bolton game may be tricky for Onel but there is hope that Leitner may be back.”
There was some good news, though, for Norwich supporters, as Farke revealed that a key duo are likely to be fit after picking up knocks in the midweek draw to Hull:
“We were a bit concerned about Teemu Pukki and Emi Buendia, as they got two hits, but they are ok and available for tomorrow.”
It’s a game where Norwich will be expected to pick up three points, and if they don’t, then their promotion credentials are sure to come under intense scrutiny.
It’s a huge blow to Norwich’s promotion chances.
Hernandez, especially, is going to be a huge miss for Farke’s side and Canaries supporters will be keen for Leitner to return as quickly as possible.
The duo have impressed for the league-leaders this season, and the Norwich boss will be hoping they can return to first-team action in the near future ahead of a crucial period.
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