PRESSER LIVE: City v Rovers - Buendia back; Rupp out, Idah undergoes surgery
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Daniel Farke previewed Norwich City’s Championship game against Blackburn Rovers - and we had all the key lines first from a video chat with the boss at Colney.
The Canaries can equal a club record of ten consecutive league wins, and maintain their 10-point gap to the rest, with victory at Carrow Road against Tony Mowbray's side.
Emi Buendia comes back into Farke's plans after missing the midweek 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest following the birth of his second child.
But Lukas Rupp is ruled out with a hamstring issue. The German has travelled to London to visit a specialist. Farke also confirmed Adam Idah had undergone hernia surgery in the last 24 hours, but will target a comeback soon after the international break.
"Lukas has a little hamstring strain," said Farke. "He is right now seeing a specialist in London and we hope it is not too bad and the other side of the international break he is available. We have to wait for the assessment. Adam had hernia surgery today and it went well. Nowadays it is not that bad so maybe even the Preston game he is available. Let's see how he develops.
"Emi is back after missing the game with some nice news about his son being born. He is in a good mood. He is always highly motivated to score and assist and it would be a nice welcome gift if he could do that."
The City chief has no other fresh injury concerns from the squad who were on duty at the City Ground on Wednesday.
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Sam Byram (hamstring) and Michael McGovern (hamstring) are longer term absentees. McGovern is scheduled to re-join team training this month.
Farke disclosed Byram will not come back this season with the defender still at the light training stage. The 27-year-old last played for Norwich in a 1-0 Premier League defeat to Liverpool in February 2020.
"Hard to predict. It is not easy from the mental point of view for him at present," said Farke. "He is seeing some specialists and is able to do some low intensity runs. We have to be careful to give him a chance to get back on the pitch.
"He is a great guy and we will give him all the freedom to do this without too much pressure from the club. When you are out this long it is not easy to come back. Let's be honest. He won't return to the squad this season but the most important thing is he makes progress and perhaps there is a chance to have him back next season."
Moritz Leitner is not part of the plans. Fellow German midfielder Tom Trybull is ineligible to face his parent club as part of the terms of his season long loan move to Ewood Park.
Farke spoke to the media remotely from Colney.
• Recap the key lines from the press conference in the window below, with full reaction and build up to City’s game against Rovers throughout the rest of the day on pinkun.com