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TEAM NEWS: Changes afoot for Norwich City

PUBLISHED: 14:23 27 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:53 27 August 2018

Michael McGovern will start against Cardiff City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Michael McGovern will start against Cardiff City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke is weighing up wholesale changes for Norwich City’s League Cup trip to Cardiff City.

Daniel Farke faces a league and cup double header this week Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdDaniel Farke faces a league and cup double header this week Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Farke admitted the planning is already underway for the Championship derby trip to Ipswich Town this coming weekend but he is in no mood to write-off his squad’s chances against the Premier League Bluebirds on Tuesday.

The head coach reported no fresh injury concerns from the 3-0 Championship defeat to Leeds as he looks to shuffle his pack.

“No fresh injuries,” he said. “But a third game in six days means we make changes. For several lads, a lot of load. We’ll make a late decision who travels and then who plays. Timm Klose missed not one minute so far on the pitch. Also for Temmu Pukki and Jordan Rhodes a lot of load and the likes of Grant Hanley, Ivo Pinto, Alex Tettey missed most of pre-season.

“For that, we want to be there with a strong team and a chance to go to the third round. I like this cup competition a lot and we will try everything but it is also important to be start.

“Alex Tettey will travel with us. It was more like after Preston two games in four days would be tough. We have to remember his age and the knee issues he has had. But to give him another game off before Ipswich would be too long. It was good for him to be able to recreate at the weekend but he is back in a good shape.”

Mario Vrancic will not be risked as he steps up his return from a pelvic problem.

Michael McGovern will start and Farke plans to give some of his young charges an outing.

“Not as a gift,” he said. “I wouldn’t go into such a game without the thought we could be competitive. Maybe last season we made three or four changes for the cup but now we have more depth in the squad. I am pretty pleased with Ben Godfrey and it is almost ridiculous Christoph Zimmermann has not had more minutes. They are both in a good shape.

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“I am totally pleased with Todd Cantwell and they all have chances to be involved at Cardiff.”

Farke is well aware there is a massive clash at Portman Road on the horizon.

“The Ipswich game is already a bit in our head. It is a special game,” he said. “These two are the most important for us during the whole season and our supporters. Right now, we are in this Saturday, Tuesday rhythm and if our cup game was Wednesday and Ipswich was Saturday my cup starting line up would be about the Ipswich game.

“But there are enough days to recover so we can go strong at Cardiff.

“For someone like Alex Tettey, too much rest is not good. A positive, successful game at Cardiff can actually help us. We know this is not a final at Wembley, it is the second round of the League Cup but we want to use our chance.”

Kenny McLean is definitely ruled out until after the international break with ankle ligament damage.

Matt Jarvis is a longer term absentees. Russell Martin and Nelson Oliveira remain out of favour, ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline.

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