PRESSER: City v Watford - Sorensen and Lees-Melou winning fitness race; trio out

Norwich City duo Dimitris Giannoulis and Mathias Normann prepare for Watford's Premier League visit

Norwich City duo Dimitris Giannoulis and Mathias Normann prepare for Watford's Premier League visit - Credit: Tony Thrussell/Archant

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

The City chief has had a full week to prepare with his squad at Colney for the first time since the season got underway.

Farke provided a full fitness update on those who featured at Arsenal - and a staunch defence of a group of players he felt have been unfairly criticised following a winless league start to the season.

Grant Hanley, Ben Gibson, Lukas Rupp and Teemu Pukki all got fresh public backing from Farke ahead of the Hornets' visit.

Josh Sargent and Dimitris Giannoulis are available after hamstring and neck issues respectively ruled them out at the Gunners.

Jacob Sorensen (dead leg) and Pierre Lees-Melou (flu) have missed part of training this week but both took part in a Friday morning session and are available. 

Christoph Zimmermann (ankle), Sam Byram and Przemyslaw Placheta remain out. Farke hinted Zimmermann is unlikely to be fit for the following weekend's trip to Everton.

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Byram is yet to play any part this season after a setback in the summer, following his long layoff from two hamstring surgeries, while Placheta had not been under consideration as he recovers from Covid.

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Recap the press conference in the window below, with full reaction and build up to City’s game against the Hornets throughout the rest of the day on pinkun.com


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