FARKE: Full roll call on City's injured stars
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Daniel Farke delivered an upbeat fitness bulletin, headlined by declaring Max Aarons fit for the midweek Championship trip to Luton Town.
Aarons was substituted in the closing stages of the 1-1 draw against Coventry City but Farke, speaking at his virtual pre-match press call on Tuesday, had plenty of good news to share. This was his raw take on every senior star on the sidelines.
Max Aarons (shin)
He is alright and that is probably the best news I can deliver. We had some fears about him but it was just a heavy contact on his shin. He was struggling a bit on Saturday night and Sunday.
He was much better on Monday and it improves more or less from hour to hour. We don’t expect any setback so he is ready to go.
Teemu Pukki (hamstring)
We are pretty sure he is fit for Saturday. No chance for Luton at this stage, with 24 hours or so to go, but we feel he can go on Saturday.
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Tim Krul (thigh)
Some good news in the bigger picture. We can confirm Tim Krul won’t be out any longer than three weeks and can probably return a few days earlier than that.
Kenny McLean (knee)
The worst case scenario was he would be out four or five months. That is not the case. We will try to handle this meniscus injury in a conservative way. If so, he is back around Christmas. If it needed a surgery then it would be small and maybe another six weeks. So worst case scenario end of January.
Kieran Dowell (ankle)
We expected him end of December in training and games in January. But now it looks like we can bring him back to team training end of the week and then he would be ready to go around Christmas in terms of game fitness.
Lukas Rupp (hamstring)
Two weeks out. We re-scanned his hamstring and he will be out for three or four games.
Jordan Hugill (shoulder)
In the shorter term we expect to get some updates on Jordan in regard to whether he can come back into our thoughts. We just have to wait for some further assessment in the coming days.
Todd Cantwell (hip)
Same timeline as Tim Krul. The first week of three is now over. He is making good progress.
Xavi Quintilla (hip)
He is with the doctors at his mother club (in Spain). We decided firstly he is a Villarreal player and those medical people have worked with him for years. They need to have a look and if they can find the solution then we can proceed. It is still a bit unpredictable when he returns.
Adam Idah and Bali Mumba (both knee)
Both handled in a conservative way. Both still wearing the boot to make sure there is no movement in the ligament and that it is solid. But we are working to the original 10 week timescale.
Farke was not pressed on Onel Hernandez (adductor) or Sam Byram (hamstring) on Tuesday afternoon, although that duo are expected to be out until the early part of 2021.