Norwich City v Chelsea - Sean Raggett misses out on Canaries’ FA Cup debut
PUBLISHED: 14:46 05 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:30 05 January 2018
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Daniel Farke confirmed Sean Raggett is not in his plans for Norwich City’s FA Cup third round tie against Chelsea.
Farke revealed at his pre-match press call on Friday at Colney he had opted not to include Raggett, who linked up with his parent club earlier this week after ending his loan stint at Lincoln City.
“Sean has trained with us for two days. I was really thinking about choosing him for the squad but we will do without him because it’s just a little bit too early; we want him to learn a bit more about how we play,” said Farke.
“Our centre-backs are also all in good shape, so there’s no need to rush it. Sean’s an important part of my plans – I would like to work with him in the next two or three weeks to get a feeling about how soon he can adapt to the Championship level.”
Harrison Reed is also ruled out with the hip problem that forced him to miss the New Year’s Day win over Millwall. Marco Stiepermann (groin) will rejoin training next week.
“Marco will return properly on Thursday or Friday next week so it’s too early (for Chelsea),” said Farke. “He’s recovering well, and we hope he’ll be involved in team training at the end of next week.
“Harrison is not available for tomorrow. He still feels some pain in his hip and isn’t there at 100pc yet sadly, so we will have to do without him.
“It’s a fifth game in 14 days so you have to be careful with the load.
“We’ve had a few days to recreate, and we have several options. We’re thinking of rotating a bit, but not in too many positions because we’ve had a few days to recreate.
“We won’t risk a player if their physical condition isn’t great. But we want to be there with a strong squad and to be competitive.
“I believe in going deep into the competition and we want to try and win each and every game, and we want to have a strong squad for every game. We can play the game in a relaxed atmosphere because we have a lot of time to recreate for the Bristol game.”
Matt Jarvis and Louis Thompson remain longer term absentees.
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