Norwich City v Birmingham City team news: Timm Klose ready for Canaries return
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Switzerland international Timm Klose is fit and available for action for Norwich City’s return to Championship action against Birmingham City tomorrow but new signing Grant Hanley may not be thrown straight into action.
The 29-year-old defender has not played for the Canaries yet this season, since injuring his leg when he was tackled badly in a pre-season friendly at Cambridge United.
Head coach Daniel Farke confirmed the centre-back could feature, simply confirming “he is available” before going on to also say that all seven players who had been away on international duty have returned without any problems.
“The guys returned and to be honest it is not perfect when the guys are there (in training) just two days before the game with such a long break,” the Canaries boss said.
“But this is part of the game, the international break, but at least they are back without any injuries so everything’s okay.”
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The break has also allowed experienced striker Cameron Jerome to shake off a groin issue, having missed the dreadful 4-0 defeat at Millwall ahead of the two-week spell without a game.
“He is available too,” Farke added. “At the beginning of last week he still had some problems with the groin but in the last week, for six days, he is in training.”
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The German has had two weeks to reflect on that very disappointing result, with the signing of Newcastle centre-back Hanley since completed ahead of the transfer window’s closure.
The 25-year-old came on in the 56th minute of Scotland’s 2-0 home win over Malta in World Cup qualifying on Monday night but has otherwise played just one game for Newcastle, a 3-2 home defeat after extra-time to Nottingham Forest in the League Cup second round.
Farke said of Hanley’s availability: “He arrived yesterday so just had a short calm down session and then could do some theoretical stuff and speak about different things and today we trained again with the team, with additional time to speak about our idea and strategy and how we want him to defend and what we expect from him.
“It’s not so easy when the guys are away with their national squad but at least he had some minutes with the Scottish team, which was good.
“For us it was important to have another option of this experience and not only to help in fours months but also pretty soon and so perhaps two days are a little bit too short to put him on the pitch in the starting line-up but he is available and I’m sure he can help pretty soon.
“We have three games in seven days and I think he can help us pretty soon and he is available from here.”
Harry Redknapp strengthened Birmingham with several signings late in the transfer window and both teams are looking for marked improvements at Carrow Road, having taken four points from their opening seven matches.
Farke admitted it hadn’t been the easiest of breaks, having conceded four goals in successive league games, but is hopeful the fortnight will help to get his project back on track.
“At first you want to repair as soon as possible and want to stand back on the pitch and it’s not so easy if you have to work with this in your mind for two weeks,” he continued.
“But also it is good to calm down and judge everything from a neutral objective, because in the first days you are so angry and frustrated that you can’t judge the game in a neutral way and you don’t want to because if you speak about some positive things, everyone will say ‘what is he speaking about?’.
“So it has to be mentioned what went wrong and how to improve to concede a fewer number of goals, this is quite normal. After a few days you have to mention it and you have to think about how to improve it but also to think about how to speak about some topics that went well.
“So I think for us it was good because it gave players the opportunity to come back, like Timm Klose, Ivo Pinto is now back one-hundred per cent, and to have the break I think was good for their heads. Now we start again.”