'I am not injured. I'm just no longer wanted' - Drmic makes his case
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Josip Drmic has taken to social media to insist he is fit, after Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke suggested prior to the 1-1 Championship draw with Coventry City he was not a short term option to solve the Canaries’ striker shortage.
Farke indicated Drmic could come back into his thoughts if Teemu Pukki or Jordan Hugill remain sidelined for ‘two to three weeks’, but was unavailable after a trip to Switzerland for a health check on a ‘minor problem’ while training with the development squad.
Drmic reproduced those quotes on an Instagram story on his page on Saturday evening, with a video of him lifting weights and the quote: ‘I am not injured, I’m just no longer wanted by the club.’
The Swiss international, along with Moritz Leitner and Tom Trybull, were informed they were not part of City’s plans this season and were free to find another club in the summer.
Trybull sealed a season long loan move to Blackburn but both Drmic and Leitner remained with the Canaries.
Drmic did feature for the development squad earlier this season but had not been training with the first team.
The 28-year-old is under contract until 2022 after joining as a free agent. He scored three goals in 24 appearances for the Canaries last season but was sent off in his final appearance against Burnley.
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Marco Stiepermann was pressed into an emergency shift against the Sky Blues, after Pukki was ruled out with a hamstring strain. Hugill (shoulder) and Adam Idah (knee) are also injured.
Farke had responded to a question on whether Drmic could be an option, in light of the lack of senior forwards, ahead of Coventry’s visit when he spoke to the media virtually at Colney on Friday afternoon.
“He went to Switzerland for medical reasons. To check it because he had a minor problem when he was training with our development squad,” said Farke. “So when he returned he has to self isolate, have two negative coronavirus tests, and then he would need to train with the group.
"If we had a longer term injury with Teemu or Jordan, and we were still in trouble in two or three weeks, then he could be an option.
“No other club in Europe has three main striker options unavailable. If Bayern Munich or Manchester City had no strikers they would be in trouble.
"You cannot plan for this. When you play with one striker you cannot have eight in the squad and keep them all happy.”