Pukki injury scare following a ninth Premier League goal for City ace in 1-1 Leicester draw
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Teemu Pukki suffered a suspected fractured toe after notching his ninth Premier League goal of the season in a 1-1 draw at Leicester City - but Daniel Farke expects him to be fit for the upcoming festive clashes.
Farke revealed the injury blow following the game, with Pukki injured in a mid-air first half challenge involving Ricardo Pereira.
The Finnish frontman was able to complete 90 minutes but will now be assessed over the next two to three days by the Canaries' medical staff.
"We are a bit concerned because it seems he has a fracture of his toe," said Farke. "He did it in the first half and it was pretty painful for him in the second half.
"If he had been on his top level I would have expected him to score again with some of his second half chances. It says a lot about his character he wants to go further on and he wants to deliver for the team. It was a top class performance. We will get that confirmed now but it says everything about my team.
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"I am not too concerned. It will be pretty painful for the next two days. I expect him to be with us for the Wolves game. He is a strong lad, even in this game he was able to continue. He is a strong boy from Finland. The next two or three days he probably can't train but then I expect it to improve."
Pukki's goal was cancelled out by a Tim Krul own goal, after the City number one could only parry Jamie Vardy's flick from James Maddison's corner over his own line prior to the interval.
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Farke also had his say on a first half flashpoint that saw Todd Cantwell booked following an unseemly melee sparked by Kelechi Iheanacho's decision not to give the Canaries' the ball back from a throw in, when the visitors had put the ball out for treatment to Emi Buendia.
Iheanacho had to be brought down by Christoph Zimmermann outside his own penalty area, and that led to a furious reaction from Norwich's players on the pitch and Farke towards the officials. Cantwell's angry reaction was the subject of a VAR red card check, but brought no extra punishment.
Once order had been restored, Maddison rolled the free kick deliberately over the Norwich goalline to avoid any further fallout.
"A strange decision," said Farke. "Emi could not go further on but the referee did not blow to stop the play. Yet he did it four times when it happened to Leicester players. They played further on, okay, I accept sometimes when you are on the pitch you don't realise what is happening. But we have played the ball out for treatment.
"It is quite common in the whole world with fair play the ball comes back to us. So we were not organised and the Leicester player is willing to use this situation. We concede a dangerous free kick and then a red card check for my player.
"Strange is the only word. I can't explain this outcome. Why we end up with a dangerous free kick. Then a yellow card for my winger. That is difficult for the rest of the game.
"I spoke to Brendan (Rodgers) and he was perfect about this. He understood the situation and immediately made it clear Leicester would give us the ball back from the free kick."