TEAM NEWS: Body blow for Hanley and no early return for Zimbo
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Norwich City defender Grant Hanley is out for two months after undergoing groin surgery in the international break.
Head coach Daniel Farke confirmed at Colney on Friday the Scottish international had an operation in the first week of the international break to resolve his groin issues which have curtailed his Premier League impact.
The news on Hanley was one of the few negative parts of a positive fitness bulletin delivered by the German ahead of this weekend's trip to Bournemouth. Farke did however underline fellow centre back Christoph Zimmermann (foot) is still not expected to return to the fold until the end of the year.
Here is the transcript of Farke's press conference, in respect of the fitness of his first team squad..
Grant Hanley (groin)
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He had groin surgery during the first week of the international break. It means he will be out for seven or eight weeks. We expect him back in December. We have long term injuries in that area of the pitch but we still need to find some solutions in that part of the team.
Christoph Zimmermann (foot ligaments)
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No chance to have him back in the short term. We expected him back in January and that is still our realistic expectation but some good signs from the rehab suggest he could have an appearance maybe even this year. But you have to remember he was out injured for nearly two and a half months, had no pre-season, and then had the injury at West Ham after being back for two weeks.
He'll miss all of October and November. Maybe he could be back in December but I can't confirm that right now. You can't expect he trains for one day and is available. The first step is for him to finish his rehab and then come back into team training.
No chance before the next international break and then we wait how quick he is ready for a proper first game.
Ben Godfrey (hernia op)
We had so much bad news we didn't want to speak about him needing surgery before the Aston Villa game but the problem is sorted. He is back in team training today and available for tomorrow. We will see how his body reacts right now but he will travel with us to Bournemouth and it's good that's done because it's out of his head right now.
The pain has gone. It's not like I expect him to be tomorrow to be world class but for Man United he is fully fit and from week to week it will improve.
Onel Hernandez (knee)
Back in team training and also available for tomorrow, if I'm honest. So after such a long term injury and to be out for with nearly three months, you always have to be a bit careful, but he looks pretty sharp during this week.
Of course he is not ready for 90 minutes but especially for the offensive players you can create something special. His data and his endurance numbers look good. I like what I see and that reason, we also take him with us.
Yes, the situation's much better. So much, much improved. Still not perfect. And we're still struggling a bit in our defensive situations, but in general, good news. Tim Krul (back) is fit and he will play tomorrow. So together with Michael McGovern, he will be in the squad. Sadly Ralf Fahrmann (groin) is not available but is also not too far away. There's still a bit hope for him for the Man United game. If not for this game, then perhaps one week later.
Alex Tettey (groin) is back in team training. Fully fit. Tom Trybull (ankle), has been back in team training for a week. We have to keep in mind a bit with him that he had a surgery and was out for two months and it's not like being back in team training after two days means he is fully fit. We need him to get him really, really fit for 90 minutes but he's back in the mix. He has eight or nine training days under his belt.
Mario Vrancic (groin) is back in team training, not ready for tomorrow if I'm honest, because he's just back since Tuesday and had just three sessions with us. His last game in the starting line up was May and he had more or less no pre-season. He needs right now two or three weeks proper team training to listen we'll be back in contention.
International call offs
Kenny McLean is available for tomorrow and was able to train the last days. Also Todd Cantwell (hamstring) was able to train the last days or so. Max Aarons returned back without any bigger problems. Also good Sam Byram's ankle problems are sorted out he's fully fit and also available. Jamal Lewis (knee), also available. He was struggling during the first week of the break but he is fine now.
Along with Zimmermann and Hanley, Tim Klose (knee) is a longer term absentee.