Norwich City retained top-spot in the Championship on Tuesday evening, as they ran out narrow 3-2 winners over Stoke City.
The Canaries found themselves three goals ahead of Michael O’Neill’s side, as Emiliano Buendia and a brace from Teemu Pukki both found the back of the net for the league-leaders.
But Buendia was shown a second yellow card, which saw the Potters get back into the game, as Tyrese Campbell and Nathan Collins reduced the deficit on the night, although the Canaries held on for the win.
One worrying sight for Norwich fans was seeing goalkeeper Tim Krul taken off before half-time with an injury problem.
Speaking in a post-match press conference after the win over the Potters, Norwich boss Daniel Farke issued a frustrating injury update on Krul, after he was forced off at the bet365 Stadium.
“It seems like a muscle injury. I don’t expect him to be ready to go again in three days. I expect him to be out for a few weeks. That is the punishing schedule we have with many games.
“It is not good news. We have to assess him. We already had many injuries before this game. Now we also have Tim and Marco Stiepermann had to leave the field with possible concussion. He couldn’t play further on.”
Farke went on to reveal that Norwich forward Teemu Pukki had a hamstring problem that saw him withdrawn before the conclusion of the win over Stoke.
“Teemu was also moaning about some hamstring problems so we had to get him off. Emi Buendia is suspended for this weekend as well. You can see how we finished this game.”
Norwich are set to take on Coventry City this weekend, in what could potentially be a tricky test for the Canaries at Carrow Road as they look to retain top-spot in the Championship.
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This is a frustrating update.
Norwich already have a number of injury problems in their squad, and this only adds to their worries heading into the hectic, and potentially season-defining festive period.
They’ve really impressed me this season, and are fully deserving of top-spot in the Championship at this moment in time, but I worry for them moving forward.
If Pukki and Krul are to miss their next few games, then the Canaries could struggle at both ends of the pitch, which could disrupt their momentum, as they look to win promotion back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.