TEAM NEWS: Grant Hanley set for U23s run out
PUBLISHED: 14:11 23 November 2018 | UPDATED: 23:54 23 November 2018
Grant Hanley will not be part of Norwich City’s travelling squad heading to Swansea as he steps up his recovery from a quad injury, with an Under-23s outing on Friday night at Colney.
Daniel Farke confirmed Hanley will miss the trip to Wales as he targets a run out against Southampton’s U23s.
“It is good to have Grant back,” said Farke. “He has been back in team training nearly three weeks. We decided to give him some game time. He would be available if there was an injury but if we are honest all our centre backs, Timm Klose, Christoph Zimmermann and Ben Godfrey, were all there with good performances so no need to force it too much.
“Grant has been out for three months and it is not so much about running like a winger or central midfielder, in his position it is about decision-making. When we have more games and the load is high then we will have him back.”
The City head coach delivered a clean bill of health from his international contingent and no fresh injury concerns from the party who spent a week in Tampa. Ben Marshall missed the US trip but is in contention for Swansea after missing the U23s cup defeat to Athletic Bilbao.
“Not a big issue,” said Farke. “I think after training on the Tuesday, the game was Wednesday, he felt some tightness in his hamstring. We didn’t want to take any risk but he is available.
“No other concerns.”
Matt Jarvis did make the trip to America but will not feature for the U23s against the Saints. Kenny McLean (ankle) should be pushing for first team involvement next month.
“A bit too soon,” said Farke. “He did nearly all our programme but it is good he is back in training and when he feels ready it would be good to have some minutes on this level.”
“Kenny is working on the pitch and his change of direction and some small technical movements. Maybe two or two and a half weeks before he is back involved.”
Louis Thompson (shoulder) remains another longer term injury absentee while striker Nelson Oliveira is out of favour.
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