TEAM NEWS: Skipp available for Norwich City's trip to Coventry
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Norwich City are back on top of the Championship table and preparing to defend their lead when they travel to struggling Coventry on Wednesday night.
Head coach Daniel Farke provided his latest team news and took questions from the media via a video call this afternoon, confirming that Tottenham loanee Oliver Skipp will be fine to make the trip to the Midlands.
The England Under-21 midfielder was withdrawn with 10 minutes remaining of Saturday's 4-1 home win over Stoke, having received treatment after an aerial challenge around 15 minutes earlier.
“He got a finger-tip in his eye and he was really struggling for a few minutes because he couldn’t see clearly," Farke explained.
“After the game the eye was pretty red and slightly infected but even the day after everything was okay. He’s alright and ready to go, so for that, no problems at all.”
The Canaries have no fresh injury concerns, with Farke confirming Poland winger Przemek Placheta missing out on a place in the squad against Stoke was a selection decision.
Jordan Hugill is also back in training and could even be in contention to return against Rotherham on Saturday, with the striker missing the last four games with a hamstring injury.
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“All the players who were involved in the last game are available and also some good news, Jordan Hugill was able to take part in parts of the team training in parts of the last days," Farke continued.
“He’s not a topic for tomorrow but he could be involved perhaps at the weekend. It seems like he is more or less ready to go and from day to day we can extend the load a little bit.”
Marco Stiepermann's battle back from an energy-sapping virus is set to continue on Friday afternoon, when he is scheduled to feature for the under-23s in a game against Leeds U23s at Colney, after two months out of action.
Sam Byram remains in tentative individual training however and Farke was keen to avoid a timescale for the full-back as he makes his way back cautiously from close to a year out due to two hamstring operations.
- You can see how the press conference unfolded in the live blog below.
City brought an end to a run of four games without a goal and bounced back from a 2-0 defeat at Swansea as the beat Stoke 4-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday, with Brentford losing 1-0 at home to Barnsley on Sunday to leave the Canaries a point clear at the summit.
Coventry have won just one of their last six games, since losing 2-0 at Norwich in the FA Cup third round in early January.
The Sky Blues sit 20th and just three points clear of the relegation zone after a 3-1 loss at play-off Cardiff on Saturday.
Managed by former Canaries striker Mark Robins, injuries to some key players have left Coventry facing a battle to avoid an immediate return to League One, although they have only lost three of their 14 home games and recently held promotion-chasing Watford to a 0-0 draw at St Andrew's - which they ground-share with Birmingham City.
The Sky Blues also snatched a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road in November, when Max Biamou scored a late equaliser, to cancel out a first-half penalty from Mario Vrancic.