‘He is so motivated’ - Klose on track for City’s final reckoning

PUBLISHED: 08:46 07 March 2020 | UPDATED: 08:46 07 March 2020

Timm Klose proved a hit with Norwich fans before the FA Cup match at Tottenham Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Timm Klose proved a hit with Norwich fans before the FA Cup match at Tottenham Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Timm Klose has taken the first major step to featuring in Norwich City’s decisive end game.

The Swiss international centre back has missed the entire Premier League campaign to date, after suffering a knee injury on League Cup duty back in August.

Klose's first top flight tilt was similarly wrecked by a knee injury just months after joining in 2016, but head coach Daniel Farke revealed at Colney on Friday the experienced defender is back in team training.

The 31-year-old had a watching brief for the Canaries' FA Cup win at Tottenham but Farke will use Klose if he can prove his fitness the other side of the upcoming international break.

"Next week is a normal training week, because of the Tottenham cup game, so let's see how his body adapts," said Farke. "It is good have an experienced lad around and he is good to have in the changing room.

He is so motivated and excited to be back. He was out for six and a half months so we can't expect him to be back after seven or eight days. The first step is team training. It is a nice little surprise.

"Maybe after the international break a topic to be picked in the team."

Room mate Christoph Zimmermann is in the mix for Saturday's test at Sheffield United after sitting out recent games with a muscular problem. Emi Buendia has also been passed fit after a bout of cramp cut short his night at Spurs.

"That was a bit understandable because he didn't play too often in the starting line up for five weeks and then had two games within four days," said Farke. "There was a few players who probably had to play too many minutes if you consider it went to extra-time. We're not searching for any excuses or complaints.

"I have to make a late decision if it is right to bring him into the starting line up."

Ralf Fahrmann is again absent as he closes in on a loan switch to SK Brann.

"Nothing new to report. We allowed him during this week to be in talks with some other clubs because of course he's desperate to play, but no news at this moment," said Farke, speaking at Colney on Friday.

"To be honest, I was unbelievably focused on the cup game and right now it is the Sheffield game.

"Our sporting director, Stuart Weber, is handling that and I would expect that there will be a decision over the weekend but nothing new at the moment."

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