Canaries' boss on Quintilla's next move

Xavi Quintilla hip injury Villarreal return missing Norwich City's Championship games

Xavi Quintilla has missed the past seven games with a hip issue.

Xavi Quintilla has returned to Spain to solve his on going hip issue, but Daniel Farke insists it is too early to say if the Canaries look for another solution in the January transfer window. 

Quintilla is now back with parent club Villarreal after missing the past seven Championship games of his intended season long loan.

But with Jacob Sorensen deputising at left back Farke knows that is a situation that cannot continue.

“He is with the doctors at his mother club. We decided firstly he is a Villarreal player and those medical people have worked with him for years,” said Farke. “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. We are aware about this topic and I have mentioned that at left back and centre back we have to think about doing some work in January.

"But we have eight games in December and one at the start of January. So let’s see what the situation is then. Perhaps Xavi is back, perhaps not all our centre backs are fit.

"It would be a bit too early at this stage with too much football to play before we make a decision.” 

Max Aarons of Norwich leaves the match through injury during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carro

Max Aarons of Norwich leaves the match through injury during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 28/11/2020 - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Farke has avoided a similar issue on the opposite flank for the midweek visit to Luton Town after 'tough guy' Max Aarons put himself in contention to face his old club.

Aarons limped out of the weekend draw against Coventry City with a shin issue but is available for Wednesday’s return. 

Farke had 12 senior stars missing, including the suspended Emi Buendia, for the Sky Blues’ draw but the City head coach confirmed on Tuesday many of his key men will be back for the festive swing. 

“It doesn’t make a major difference for Luton but to have players coming back sooner rather than later is encouraging,” said Farke. “You can never guarantee new injuries but we are optimistic. There is light at the end of the tunnel. 

"Max 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. I can always count on Max.

"He has been 100% since he came into our first team in an intense role, a crucial role for our attack. I was a bit scared because it didn’t look that great, but he is a tough guy.  

“My feeling is our toughest situation was the Coventry game and it can improve from here. We should have more options from here.

"We'll try to grind out some results and then when all the key players are available we are in a solid position to crack on.” 

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