Sheffield United v Norwich City pre-match press conference: Updates from Colney
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Daniel Farke held his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon ahead of the Championship visit to high-flying Sheffield United - and there was an injury body blow for prolific striker Nelson Oliveira.
Oliveira’s groin injury was the main headline delivered by Farke, with the Portugal international definitely ruled out of the trip to Bramall Lane and unlikely to return before the next international break.
“It’s bad news for Nelson Oliveira,” he said. “He had a scan on Thursday and we’ll have to do without him for at least the next 12 days, so he will miss tomorrow, Brentford and probably Bristol City.
“Hopefully he can return before the next international break (at the beginning of October). He felt a problem with his groin during the Burton game, and the problem has increased since. We had to check it on the scan, and it’s strained. Hopefully it won’t be longer than 12 days, but we’ve got to keep an eye on it. It’s bad news as he was in such good shape and was playing really well.
“It’s an opportunity for all of our offensive players. We shouldn’t put too much pressure on Cam (Jerome) – it’s up to everyone to score goals. There were no further injury problems from the Burton Albion draw, but with a third game in seven games Farke says he will be keeping an eye on the fitness of the squad. I’m thinking about some changes, but it won’t be too many. You look at the offensive options with so many games in a few days, but defensively you want the team in the same rhythm and getting used to each other.”
Grant Hanley has yet to make a full debut for the Canaries and Norwich’s defensive resolve will be tested against the newly-promoted Blades, who have picked up four consecutive league wins. Alex Tettey is also in the mix for what would be his third game in a week.
“With Tettey it’s like Wes Hoolahan – he can’t do each and every game for 90 minutes,” said the German head coach. “Normally three games in seven days is a little bit risky for him, but we’ve had three days to recuperate a little bit since Burton and he’s looked sharp in training and his knees have felt fine.”
Alex Pritchard, Jamal Lewis, Louis Thompson and Matt Jarvis remain longer term injury absentees. Farke confirmed Pritchard is not expected to return before the New Year.
“Pritchard is on track and is working really hard,” he said. “We expect him back in January perhaps. It’s really sad because he’s such an important player and he can score goals, create, assist and produce special moments.”
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