Klose reveals knee injury progress and how he dealt with disappointment of long-term absence for City

Timm Klose in pre-season action for the Canaries ahead of his knee injury Picture: Paul Chesterton/F

Timm Klose in pre-season action for the Canaries ahead of his knee injury Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Timm Klose has revealed he is making good progress in his recovery from a serious knee injury but the defender is still unsure if he will be able to play again for Norwich City this season.

Klose missed the start of the Premier League season with a hip issue which had disrupted his pre-season but then lasted just 25 minutes of his return to action.

The Switzerland international suffered damage to the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee after an awkward collision in a tackle during City's 1-0 loss at Crawley in the League Cup.

The 31-year-old is off crutches and still wearing the protective brace on his knee but is pleased with his progress since the injury in late August.

"It feels very good," Klose said. "I don't want to fool anyone here, it's still going to be a long recovery time but I am not too sure how long it is going to take, it would be wrong for me to say anything about the timeline or to give hope to the fans.

"That's why I'm going day by day and hoping for the best."

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The centre-back was a special guest on BBC Radio Norfolk's weekly Canaries show The Scrimmage, taking questions from fans and looking back on his time in Norfolk so far, having joined Norwich from German club Wolfsburg for a reported £8million in January 2016.

That has included 119 appearances and an influential role during the first half of last season's Championship title triumph, before having to settle for a place on the bench for much of the second half of that campaign due to knee issues.

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Klose explained that he had also had minor surgery to clean out his knee during the off-season, so the injury blow left him feeling particularly upset - and in need of some time to calm down back home with his family in Switzerland.

"I have to be honest, before the Manchester City game I went back home to see my family," he continued. "After the injury had happened I was really in a little hole because I had surgery in the summer and then tried to get rid of everything, because I had so much knee pain in the last six or seven months already.

"So I thought, you know what, that's done now, but it has been one of those years where you have to dig in and work hard not on the pitch but off the pitch.

"That's why I'm enjoying my role at the moment just to help people and be there if there are problems or any issues, they can come to me and talk to me if there is anything that bothers them.

"But for me it's great to just go back home, see my family, get back that strength and then you are mentally ready to come here again and help the team.

"If you are not mentally ready and tell everyone to go away, because you are angry, then that wouldn't make sense."

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His injury is part of a host of injuries for head coach Daniel Farke to contend with at present, with Christoph Zimmermann fighting to recover from foot ligament damage before the end of the year and fellow centre-back Grant Hanley in need of specialist attention to a persistent groin problem.

The Canaries were without nine first-team players during Saturday's 5-1 home loss to Aston Villa in the Premier League, with other players carrying knocks as well, and Klose is doing his best to support his team-mates after six defeats in eight games.

"I've seen it all in football and sometimes it is what it is, you have to accept it and carry on," he said of the injury problems.

"We have so many young players who are pushing very well at the moment and now they have to stand their man in the games, in the Premier League, which let's be honest is the best thing to do, I would rather do it in the Premier League than somewhere else.

"I'm just here to encourage them and help them as much as I can, give them some advice if they want it, if they don't then they can listen to someone else.

"I accept my role at the moment, work as hard as possible to be back soon and help them back on the pitch."

- Click here to listen to this week's episode of The Scrimmage, which featured Klose as a special guest

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