TEAM NEWS: Big calls for Farke ahead of Hull duel

PUBLISHED: 16:23 12 March 2019 | UPDATED: 20:27 12 March 2019

Kenny McLean has started Norwich City's last four Championship matches Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Kenny McLean has started Norwich City's last four Championship matches Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke has a clean bill of health for Norwich City’s Championship test against Hull City at Carrow Road on Wednesday night.

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Farke reported no fresh injury problems from the 18 who ground out a 1-0 win over Swansea City last Friday that kept the Canaries two points clear at the top of the table.

The head coach was also an interested spectator at Colney on Monday night to watch Louis Thompson’s return from an ankle problem and a first outing for deadline day transfer signing Philip Heise in a 2-2 development draw against Stoke City.

“Pretty good situation. No new injuries,” he said. “Also some good news with Louis Thompson playing in the Under-23s. It was a short term decision because he was only back in training seven or eight days. He looked sharp, pretty good and then after 70 minutes we decided not to take any more risk.

“I won’t use him for Hull. He could be a bit in my thoughts for Rotherham.

“I expect him to be fully in contention after the international break.

“We got the feeling it was the right decision to play some of those guys on Monday. Someone like Philip (Heise) his last game was the winter pre-season in Germany and for that it was a good situation to play 90 minutes.

“Same with Felix (Passlack). I was pleased with the performance. It was also Michael (McGovern’s) wish to play in this game as well.”

Farke has plenty of options for the Tigers’ test with Timm Klose, Mario Vrancic and Moritz Leitner all making late cameos in the Swans’ league win, while Alex Tettey was not included in the matchday squad with Todd Cantwell back after a quad problem.

Carlton Morris (ankle) remains a longer term injury absentee.

Hull lost 3-0 at Nottingham Forest on Saturday but remain five points outside the play-off positions ahead of Tuesday’s round of midweek fixtures. Both City’s title rivals are in action a day ahead of Farke’s men.

Sheffield United host Brentford on Tuesday night while closest challengers Leeds travel to Reading.

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