Byram season-ending injury fears after City’s 1-0 Liverpool loss
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Sam Byram’s season could be over after a hamstring injury in Norwich City’s battling 1-0 Premier League defeat to Liverpool.
Sadio Mane's 78th minute winner ended a brave effort from the hosts but there could be far-reaching consequences after the City full-back left the stadium on crutches.
Daniel Farke admitted the early signs do not look good, after Byram pulled up sharply trying to control Tim Krul's pass in the first half at Carrow Road.
"We think it is a muscle fibre crack in his hamstring. Unbelievably painful. Like a knife he said," revealed Farke. "He had to leave the stadium on crutches and I am pretty sure he misses the next few weeks. I just hope his season is not over. He was top class in recent weeks.
"But I have to give a big compliment to Jamal Lewis. I got the feeling the last two or three weeks, in training and the cup game, he was top class.
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"But to be thrown in without having time to warm up and then defend against the best winger in the world in Mo Salah was difficult. I was delighted for him."
Farke had no complaints at Mane's winner, with the Liverpool substitute easing Christoph Zimmermann under the ball before lashing a shot past Tim Krul.
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"I don't complain. I have learnt during this season VAR never works in our favour," he said. "There is probably a push and if the referee had given a push it wouldn't have been over-turned.
"Maybe they thought it was not clear and obvious. But Mane knew how to put the centre back off-balance, good first touch and world class finish. No complaints from my side. I accept this goal.
"We are disappointed to lose the game but we were good in so many topics. We knew to get a result we had to be very good and sadly one topic was to be clinical and effective. In the first half we had two against one and this must be a goal when you play Liverpool.
"When I compare this chance with the situation Sadio (Mane) scored that is the difference in terms of individual quality.
"It was definitely a moment of quality. But I have compliments for the lads, for the tactical discipline and work load."