TEAM NEWS: Cantwell injury boost; Farke’s take on Emery exit
PUBLISHED: 23:03 29 November 2019 | UPDATED: 23:03 29 November 2019
Norwich City attacking midfielder Todd Cantwell is fit and firing to face managerless Arsenal in the Premier League.
Cantwell had to wear a protective boot on his left ankle for the early part of the week, following a second half exit in the 2-0 win at Everton.
But head coach Daniel Farke delivered a positive injury bulletin on Cantwell and left back Jamal Lewis, who is also available for the Gunners' visit after missing out on Merseyside with a knee issue.
Alex Tettey is not under consideration this weekend for family reasons and Grant Hanley (groin) remains sidelined. Timm Klose (knee) and Josip Drmic (hamstring) are longer term absentees.
"It was pretty painful for Todd at the start of the week. Monday to Wednesday he wasn't able to train, he has been back since Thursday and not missed too much so I think he will be fully fit and available for Sunday," said Farke. "We still have to go further on without Grant. He is still on his way back. Timm Klose, another longer term. Also Alex is not available for family reasons.
"Jamal returned back to team training on Wednesday, it seems to be alright at the moment. We will still be a bit careful with him because he came back injured from international duty."
City will bid to build on a first win in eight at Goodison Park this weekend, but their task was not helped with the dismissal of Unai Emery on Friday morning. Freddie Ljungberg will be in caretaker charge for Arsenal's trip to Norfolk.
"You always feel for the head coach when such a relationship between him and the club comes to an end," said Farke, speaking at Colney. "That is always disappointing. Sad news when you work in the same type of job so you feel for him. But it is also part of the job and you have to accept the end of a relationship.
"It makes it harder for us and bit more unpredictable, in terms of what the caretaker does with the base formation or personal terms. But they had changed a lot before in recent games.
"They were playing with a three-man, a four-man formation, also a diamond. In that respect not a huge difference.
"The players are the same, Freddie Ljungberg was a coach already there so in a few days you can't change a lot. What I would say is there will be new energy on the pitch, that makes it more difficult for us.
"We were preparing for a difficult game against a top class club and top class players. Look at the top end of the pitch. (Alex) Lacazette, (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang, (Mesut) Ozil, all world class players.
"We have to be at our best to be competitive. We cannot influence this topic, whether it is a good or bad moment to play them.
"We can't change that. It doesn't concern me too much."