RECAP: Norwich City v Middlesbrough - Pukki back; Hugill out for a month

Teemu Pukki and Adam Idah are back in training for Norwich City after lay offs ahead of Middlesbrough's Championship visit

Teemu Pukki and Adam Idah are back in training for Norwich City after lay offs ahead of Middlesbrough's Championship visit - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke previewed Norwich City’s Championship game against Middlesbrough - and we had all the key lines first from a video chat with the boss at Colney.

The City chief confirmed Jordan Hugill will miss a month after tearing his hamstring in the FA Cup fourth round defeat at Barnsley. Hugill is poised to miss the next few weeks of the club's promotion charge but Teemu Pukki and Adam Idah have both returned to training this week.

Pukki had missed the past three weeks with a side strain. Idah is back after knee and foot injuries, plus a positive coronavirus diagnosis and a period of self-isolation.

Kenny McLean is currently in his period of self-isolation following a positive test result last week and will not be available this weekend. But Farke indicated he has not suffered any symptoms and can re-join the group from Sunday.

Xavi Quintilla, Christoph Zimmermann and Todd Cantwell were all pictured in training on Thursday after recent absences and are available for Boro.

New signing Dimitris Giannoulis is eligible for his debut after the club confirmed they had received a work permit earlier this week. 

Marco Stiepermann is not expected to be available after recently being diagnosed with Epstein Barr virus. The attacking midfielder will only come back into Farke's thoughts once his immune system has fully recovered.

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Sam Byram (hamstring) remains sidelined, while Michael McGovern is expected to be out for nine to 11 weeks following recent hamstring surgery.

Moritz Leitner and Josip Drmic are not part of the plans. 

Farke will speak to the media remotely from Colney. 

• Recap the key lines from the press conference in the window below, with full reaction and build up to City’s game against Boro on Saturday lunchtime throughout the rest of the day on pinkun.com

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