Team news: Hoolahan and Jerome fit to return as Farke demands focus from Canaries for Burton battle
PUBLISHED: 15:16 29 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:43 29 December 2017
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Cameron Jerome and Wes Hoolahan are both fit and available for Norwich City’s trip to Burton Albion tomorrow.
The experienced duo have missed City’s last two matches through injury but bolster head coach Daniel Farke’s options further ahead of the battle at the Pirelli Stadium.
Hoolahan has had a hip issue which has caused him groin problems and has featured just once as a late substitute in one of the Canaries’ last four matches.
Jerome – with just one Championship goal to his name this season – has played in one of the last six games due to a back injury, also as a late substitute during the 1-0 loss at Leeds.
“Both are back in team training, Wes without any problems,” Farke said during his pre-match press conference. “Cam the back is still a bit tight but he is back in team training so all in all not too bad.”
German left-back Marco Stiepermann missed the 2-0 win at Birmingham on Boxing Day with a groin problem and will not play against the Brewers, or Millwall at Carrow Road on New Year’s Day.
“In the weeks before he had several problems with his groin, he was able to train but we had the feeling that he looked a bit tired in recent games,” Farke explained.
“Now we have more options, James Husband is back, Jamal Lewis is in the squad and we decided to sort everything out with his groin and just to return when he is 100 percent comfortable.
“For example today he is having injections in his groin in London. Hopefully he can return soon but not for these next two games but I hope he will be back and 100 percent comfortable pretty soon.”
After beating the bottom-of-the-table Blues on Tuesday, Farke has warned his players they must be fully focused if they are to beat another of the division’s struggling sides.
Albion are a point above the relegation zone thanks to away wins at Bolton and Reading recently but were beaten 2-1 at home by Leeds on Boxing Day to stretch a horrible home streak of eight successive defeats.
“I think it will be a quite similar task like Birmingham because it is a team in the middle of a relegation battle,” the City boss said.
“We have enough distance from Burton (in the table) and it would be good to keep this distance (10 points) and if we are able to improve our situation like we did in Birmingham that will be brilliant.
“But I think the pressure is a bit more on Burton because when you fight against relegation you have to win points in the home games.
“Perhaps for us it is a bit more relaxed but we drive there with respect because you know it is always difficult to play teams who are in the relegation battle in an away game, because you know they need points.
“Secondly, Burton I think from the first game of the season they know they have to struggle and fight against relegation, so when they are in a tough period they won’t get nervous because they know they have to fight until the end.
“When we speak about bad results in the last home games but we can also talk about the two last games away from home were away wins.
“In their last few games they either win by one goal, or lose by one goal. At the start of the season they struggled with conceding many goals but right now they have had several clean sheets and right now they are not in the relegation places.
“I don’t think they are too nervous or too scared so I think it will be a complicated task and we have to be there 100 percent concentrated and really focused to get a good result.”