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Marley Watkins is the latest injury absentee for the trip to Cardiff on Friday. Picture: Paul Cheste

Marley Watkins is the latest injury absentee for the trip to Cardiff on Friday. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Marley Watkins is Norwich City’s latest injury casualty for Friday’s Championship trip to Cardiff City.

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Head coach Daniel Farke delivered a mixed fitness bulletin on Thursday afternoon, with Cameron Jerome also nursing a foot problem. Tom Trybull and Timm Klose are back in the mix but both Jerome and Trybull will only be available for cameos from the bench at the Cardiff City stadium.

“Cameron had an injection and couldn’t train until yesterday and he still feels some pain,” said Farke. “He’s not available for the starting line-up, but I want him there at Cardiff if we need him for the last 15 or 20 minutes to make an impact.

“Tom improved a lot during the week, and he trained today and will travel with us to Cardiff. We’ll have to see how his body reacts overnight because it was his first session today. Hopefully he will be available for perhaps a short-term appearance at Cardiff, rather than being in the starting line-up.

“Timm is also back. He trained in the last two sessions with us and he hasn’t been out for too long so he’ll be available for tomorrow.

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“Marley has no chance. He has some pain in his groin and he will not be available.”

City’s search for a first league win in seven looks a daunting prospect against an in-form Bluebirds, who picked up three wins and three clean sheets during the past 10 days to stay on the heels of title favourites Wolves.

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Christoph Zimmermann (sickness) and Alex Pritchard (neck) missed the early part of this week’s training but both will travel. Farke admitted Pritchard is not quite ready to start a game yet after his long-awaited return from ankle surgery against Preston.

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“We had planned for him to play a bit for the Under-23s on Sunday but he had a problem with his neck and wasn’t able to move properly for a couple of days,” he said. “He’s trained in the last two days with us, and he will travel. But it’s too soon to get him in the starting line-up. If we need something special in the last 25 or 30 minutes he will be available for this.”

James Husband (groin), Alex Tettey (calf) and Steven Naismith (ankle) again miss out.

“The plan is to bring Tettey back into team training immediately after the Sheffield match next weekend,” said Farke. “If everything goes well it could be late next week, but it’s looking likely to be after Sheffield.

“James Husband is not available. He will probably return before the Sheffield game if everything works, at the latest after that game. The problems with Steven are caused by an old ligament injury. He is now getting some injections, he is not on the pitch and we have to wait a little bit longer. I am pretty sure he will be out for the next two games.”

Back-up keeper Remi Matthews has also been added to casualty list after cutting short an emergency loan stint with Plymouth to get treatment on an ankle injury. Farke allayed initial fears of a serious injury but Matthews is set to miss up to five weeks.

“It was really swollen and we were concerned it was a big injury. But it is not that bad,” he said. “There is nothing broken but we are looking at four to five weeks. No surgery.”

Matt Jarvis, Jamal Lewis and Louis Thompson remain longer injury concerns.

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