TEAM NEWS: Farke weighs up changes for Millers’ test
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Daniel Farke has no fresh injury concerns but no shortage of selection posers for Norwich City’s Championship trip to Rotherham United.
Farke has named an unchanged line up for the past month and been rewarded with a winning run that has moved the Canaries’ two points clear of Leeds United ahead of this weekend’s latest Championship fixtures.
But the head coach hinted he might freshen things up at Colney on Friday lunchtime for a third game in eight days with the likes of Timm Klose, Mario Vrancic and Moritz Leitner again only used sparingly in the closing stages of Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Hull City at Carrow Road.
“I am always tempted to rotate a bit,” said Farke. “But if I am also honest not because of the workload but depth in our group. For example, to bring in new players because of their individual strengths. Alex Tettey is totally different to how Tom Trybull plays and has some advantages in his game.
“The same with Moritz and Maro, who are totally different players to Kenny McLean or Todd Cantwell in the wide areas is another good option who is a different style to Onel Hernandez and Emi Buendia.
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“I would like all this quality on the pitch but we can only have 10 outfield players. The workload is not a problem. We have a really good fitness level and the fact we haven’t rotated a lot has got us to the top of the table. Yes, we have had two days between Hull and Rotherham but the last time we had that turnaround was Preston to Bolton and Bolton was one of our best performances of the season.
“I am thinking do we need a change to the balance in how we play. If you bring in Moritz or Mario or Todd it changes the balance slightly. Do we need perhaps a change for this special game or not? But as a head coach you can’t win. When you rotate and lose they say why did he change a winning team and it is because he wants to be in the spotlight and look like a genius. If you don’t change and you lose then it is, ‘they were tired and needed fresh energy’.”
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Louis Thompson returned from an ankle injury on Monday in a development run out but Farke indicated he would only come into first team contention after the international break.
Carlton Morris (knee) is the only longer term absentee unavailable.
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