Panic buys too big a gamble for City chief

Daniel Farke will not be forced into a panic buy next month to bolster his central defence Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke will not be forced into a panic buy next month to bolster his central defence Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke admits if Norwich City ‘panic buy’ in January they could blow millions.

Ben Godfrey faces six weeks out after damaging his right knee and with Timm Klose another longer-term injury absentee there is even more stress on City's dwindling central defensive stocks.

Grant Hanley impressed on his first outing in nearly four months in Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Wolves, alongside the club's only other fit senior centre back Christoph Zimmermann.

Farke, however, insists the Canaries must not be pushed into a hasty signing next month to plug the gaps.

"I don't think it puts more pressure on us, although of course it doesn't improve our situation," he said. "You can do business in January but it's not like on January 1 you bring in a centre back and everything is okay.

"Whoever we bring in needs time to get to know their team mates and also how we play. That might take two weeks, so if we brought a player in around mid-January then you are getting to the point where Ben is hopefully back with us.

"In terms of the timing of this injury you couldn't choose a worse time.

"The busiest period and if this happens towards the end of January then you can go out and bring someone in. I have mentioned before because of the long-term injury to Timm and then Grant Hanley we were always awake and aware if there is an option out there in January for us we won't fall asleep. We are constantly watching the market but it is a difficult market in January, a pretty expensive market to be honest.

"We'll do something that helps us improve, but not a panic buy."

Klose is back in light training but Farke made it clear prior to the Wolves' defeat he still faces a long road back.

"Timm has started some training sessions outside but it will still be a while before he can get the boots on," said Farke. "I don't want to put too much pressure on him because if you're too greedy and there is a big setback we can't take the risk.

"You hope and wish for the best and Timm can return a bit sooner but our expectation is still towards the end of this season.

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