PRESSER LIVE: Norwich City v Barnsley - Krul injury boost; McGovern ruled out for months
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Daniel Farke previewed Norwich City’s Championship home game against Barnsley - and we had all the key lines first from a video chat with the boss at Colney.
Michael McGovern has been ruled out for 'three to four months' after suffering a hamstring injury in the midweek 1-1 draw against QPR. A decision on whether McGovern requires surgery will be made in the coming days.
But Farke delivered a major boost with the news Tim Krul has a chance to return this weekend from the thigh injury that has kept him out since Stoke in late November.
Farke will make a final call in the next 24 hours but Krul has stepped up his work at Colney since the QPR draw. Should the Dutchman not be ready to return, then teenage third choice Daniel Barden will continue in goal.
Przemyslaw Placheta could also be in contention this weekend after returning to team training following a hamstring injury.
Lukas Rupp is targeting a return from his on going hamstring issue for the FA Cup tie against Coventry City.
Marco Stiepermann could also be available for the Sky Blues' cup tie. The attacking midfielder has not featured since the 2-0 home win over Cardiff, as he tries to overcome issues relating to an ear infection which has affected his balance.
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Onel Hernandez (adductor) and Bali Mumba (knee) are back in light training. Adam Idah (knee) is a fortnight away from the same stage but Farke was reluctant to give any timeline on when Sam Byram (hamstring) could be available.
The Tykes will be without four players - headlined by captain Alex Mowatt - due to Covid-19 related issues. Mowatt has tested positive for the virus, along with Brad Collins, with two other team mates now self-isolating.
Farke gave his reaction to the news, which was confirmed by Barnsley on Friday morning, although he expects the game to go ahead at Carrow Road.
Moritz Leitner and Josip Drmic are not part of the plans.
Farke spoke to the media remotely from Colney.
• Recap the key lines from the press conference in the window above, with full reaction and build up to City’s Championship game against the Tykes throughout the rest of the day on pinkun.com