Amadou defensive shift provides comfort for City boss as wait for Klose diagnosis goes on
The debut display of Ibrahim Amadou provided some comfort for Norwich City boss Daniel Farke, as the wait for a full diagnosis of Timm Klose’s knee injury goes on.
Initial scans have been carried out but it's understood the length of the Switzerland centre-back's recovery is yet to be determined.
Farke suggested after the hugely disappointing 1-0 loss away to League Two side Crawley in the League Cup on Tuesday that it could be a damaged ligament, which could end Klose's season.
When fellow centre-back Christoph Zimmermann also limped off, recent signing Amadou dropped into central defence alongside Ben Godfrey for the final 30 minutes.
"One positive to take is definitely Ibrahim Amadou because he played 90 minutes for the first time with his team-mates," Farke said.
"I got the feeling that he looked really sharp in both positions, the holding midfielder and also the centre-back position. It was a bit of an emergency, I knew that he could play this position, but it is a bit more complicated role.
"Okay, it was not Premier League level, but he looked really decent in both positions and if we are searching for at least one positive, this is definitely one."
Godfrey and Grant Hanley - boosted by a Scotland recall - look likely to continue as the centre-back pairing at West Ham when City return to Premier League action on Saturday. Yet a heavy tackle on Godfrey with around 10 minutes remaining at Crawley left Farke furious and earned him a first yellow card as a coach.
He explained: "We had a player already out with a knee injury, a second centre-back (Zimmermann) already out with injury after a hit in his back and then there was a challenge with both legs on Ben Godfrey that was not even a foul.
"So my feeling was that, many compliments to Crawley and the player, in the game of his life, to lose his nerves a bit is normal, but it is up to the referee to take care that my players are at least able to go onto the bus after the game, especially after this game.
"It was not handled in a perfect way - but I'm feeling I was pretty disciplined for my emotions, I'm pretty happy with my behaviour, if I'm honest. For what my feelings really were in the game, I was pretty disciplined. So a yellow card, I can live with!"