Klose thanks City fans for support during ‘difficult period’ ahead of Saints clash

Timm Klose has a major role to play in Norwich City's defining Premier League push Picture: Paul Che

Timm Klose has a major role to play in Norwich City's defining Premier League push Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City defender Timm Klose has thanked Norwich City fans for their “incredible” support, as the Canaries continue to urge supporters to stay away from Carrow Road when the season resumes on Friday.

Financial penalties could be issued to clubs if fans congregate outside stadiums as the Premier League resumes behind closed doors during the UK’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

City resume with three successive home games, at home to Southampton and Everton on Friday and next Wednesday (both 6pm) in the league, and then Manchester United in an FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday, June 27 (5.30pm).

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has warned that fans turning up at stadiums could leads to matches being played at neutral venues, telling BBC Sport earlier this week: “By turning up to the game, you are potentially putting it in jeopardy, something that we’ve worked really hard for, which is to play those matches at home and away.”

It remains unclear if some fans will be able to attend matches when the 2020-21 season starts, which is expected to be in mid-September, but in the meantime the Canaries are running an ‘Apart But Together’ campaign to ensure supporters still feel involved in fixtures, despite having to watch from home.

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Ahead of Friday’s clash with Southampton, City defender Klose posted a video message on Twitter, saying: “I just wanted to say thank you for your support throughout this difficult period without football. I know we start without fans in the stadiums but we all, as a team, can feel you support and that means a lot to us.

“I know we have to keep distanced, we have to stay away from each other for a little bit longer but we are still all together in this. I know we can make it and with your support, which is by the way incredible, even if we play badly or well, it’s always there and always massive.

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“That gives us a massive push for the last nine games. We have to keep our distance for now but hopefully very soon we will be back together.”

The Switzerland international has been out of action since August because of a knee injury but had returned to training prior to the season’s suspension and is thought to be in contention to face the Saints.

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