Aarons gets a rest, Trybull in training - Farke now hoping for an injury-free weekend
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Norwich City boss Daniel Farke will be keeping his fingers crossed Max Aarons came through international duty unscathed on Friday night – and it looks like good news for a player on the comeback trail.
Full-back Aarons was on England U21s duty, starting the 2-2 friendly match draw in Slovenia, but didn't appear for the second half.
There were no signs of any problems in the opening 45 minutes - the youngster came close to scoring on the stroke of half-time, minutes after England had gone ahead.
He was replaced by James Justin for the second half - one of five changes - and it seems likely that U21s boss Aidy Boothroyd was saving him for the more important game next Tuesday, when England host Austria in a Euro qualifier at MK Dons.
At the end of a week when more players reported in to an already packed treatment room, Farke will have been delighted to see an addition to a training session at Colney.
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A video released by the club on Friday night clearly shows goalkeeper midfielder Tom Trybull taking part in a vigorous training.
Trybull has been absent with an ankle injury and hasn't featured for City since the defeat at West Ham at the end of August, and with a defence in need of some midfield cover, his return could be crucial.
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Jamal Lewis, Todd Cantwell and Kenny McLean have all has their international duties interrupted this week.
Lewis was forced out of the Northern Ireland squad with a knee injury, while Cantwell misses England Under-21s duty and McLean Scotland's Euro qualifying campaign with hamstring and hip problems respectively. The return of Lewis is unknown, although Cantwell and McLean are thought to be more of a precautionary nature and they are likely to be available for the trip to Bournemouth next weekend.
Goalkeeper Michael McGovern and young Adam Idah came through matches clear of injury after their opening international forays for Northern Ireland's senior and Under-21 teams respectively. McGovern was an unused sub in the Netherlands while Idah played the full game against Italy.
However it is arguably on Saturday evening when Farke will be most anxious, when one of his prized assets and his back-up striker both play.
Teemu Pukki has scored five goals in qualifying and will lead Finland's attack in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Then there's Josip Drmic, who scored the consolation for the Canaries in the 5-1 home humbling by Aston Villa last weekend - the striker is in the Switzerland squad which heads to Denmark on Saturday afternoon.
That appears to be Farke's weekend football-watch sorted - before they all go again next week.