Norwich City manager Daniel Farke has confirmed at his press conference ahead of the midweek match at Reading, that his side will be without in-form winger Onel Hernandez who will be out for up to two and a half weeks as he requires surgery for a hernia.
The 25-year-old has been in great form and was named the club’s Player of the month for August but is likely to be out until the home match versus Stoke on October 6th.
So is the loss of Hernandez a big blow for Norwich?
It’s a blow, but not a huge one.
They’re not down to their teenage strikers for instance, to put it in perspective.
He has been superb this season though and Norwich have surprised a few people.
It’s only a fortnight, they’ll have to ride the storm.
It’s far from ideal.
Hernandez has had a decent start to proceedings this season so he’s obviously someone they’d rather have fit.
Teemu Pukki is looking sharp, though, and so I think they might be able to get by well enough.
At the start of the season, I would have said he was a big miss but in recent matches, he hasn’t produced as he did in the first three Championship games.
He has scored five and assisted three times but since the defeat to Sheffield United, he has failed to have a direct impact on a scoring chance.
So three weeks or so out isn’t too bad considering his influence has been minimal the last month.
I reckon it’s a huge blow for Norwich – Hernandez has scored twice and provided 3 assists for the Canaries this year so Farke will miss the Cuban’s talent on the flanks for Norwich.
This could mean a change in system from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2, also meaning that Jordan Rhodes could make a return to the first team, and if they can get him back to his usual self, City could be contenders for a playoff place come the end of the season.
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