Wolves v Norwich City - Press Conference RECAP: Injured Byram ruled out for the season
PUBLISHED: 13:50 21 February 2020 | UPDATED: 16:29 21 February 2020
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Daniel Farke previewed Norwich City’s Premier League game against Wolves - and we had all the key lines first from Colney.
Norwich earned plenty of praise against Liverpool but they need points at Wolves on Sunday to stay in touch with relegation rivals for the final run in.
Farke confirmed Sam Byram will miss the rest of the season after underdoing hamstring surgery in recent days following his first half exit against the Reds.
Christoph Zimmermann (hamstring) has only a '5%' chance of being fit to face Wolves while Onel Hernandez is set for further tests on a knee injury suffered in midweek.
Farke confirmed it was the same knee that saw him undergo surgery at the start of the season but it was too early to provide a full assessment how long the wide player could be out.
"Sam will be out the whole season. His tendon in his hamstring was interrupted and he needed surgery," said Farke. "He has already had the surgery and everything was positive, but he will be out for about four months so no chance for him to return during the seasons. Of course a big blow for him and us because he was fantastic in recent months. We expect him to be back for pre-season.
"A major doubt on Christoph Zimmermann who got some hamstring problems in the Liverpool game. I don't think we will have enough time to get him back on the pitch for this weekend. Let's see what happens over the next two days but at least 95% I would say we have to play without him.
"Also Onel Hernandez a major doubt. There was an incident at training on Wednesday with his knee. He is still being assessed by our doctors and physios so at this moment we don't know how bad it is. It is the same knee he injured earlier in the season. He hope it is not the same type of injury.
"He will see the same specialist but he has not trained for the past two days. The first assessment is it's probably not as bad as it was in the summer when he was out for months. But we have to wait a bit. I can't confirm a precise diagnosis."
Timm Klose was the only longer term injury absentee prior to last weekend, as he bids to get back from a knee issue before the end of the season. Klose is now back in light training.
"He is not back in team training. He is still doing some additional stuff but hopefully not too far away from team training and we will increase the load from here," said Farke. "It would be a major boost if he can step up but after being out for so many months he will need some time to get to his best level. He is important for the group in terms of the spirit and the confidence."
Wolves were in Europa League action on Thursday but remain firmly in the top six mix under Nuno Espirito Santo. The men from Molineux have Norwich old boy John Ruddy among their number but Ryan Bennett left last month for a loan move to Leicester City, with an option to join the Foxes on a permanent summer deal.
- Recap the main lines from the conference with full reaction and build up to City's Premier League game throughout the day on pinkun.com