Cardiff v Norwich: The Vital Preview
Norwich City travel to Cardiff tonight to take on the second placed team in the Championship.
Now, because the game is on a Friday night you`re probably assuming, like I was, that the game had been chosen for Sky TV but you`d be wrong.
Sky have chosen Leeds v Aston Villa as their Friday night match and because of Wales playing South Africa in an egg chasing affair at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, the decision was taken to move this game back to Friday night.
In terms of injuries, there is good news in the form of Timm Klose and Tom Trybull returning to fitness.
Here`s what Daniel Farke had to say at Colney on Thursday lunchtime to Canaries.co.uk
"Tom improved a lot during the week, and he trained today and will travel with us to Cardiff," Farke said. "We`ll have to see how his body reacts overnight because it was his first session today. Hopefully he will be available for perhaps a short-term appearance at Cardiff, rather than being in the starting line-up.
"Timm is also back. He trained in the last two sessions with us and he hasn`t been out for too long so he`ll be available for tomorrow."
Alex Pritchard missed Sunday`s U23 game with a stiff neck but will travel with the squad.
"It`s too soon to start him," said Farke. "We had planned for him to play a bit for the U23s on Sunday but he had a problem with his neck and wasn`t able to move properly for a couple of days. He`s trained in the last two days with us, and he will travel. But it`s too soon to get him in the starting line-up. If we need something special in the last 25 or 30 minutes he will be available for this."
The same goes for former Cardiff striker, Cameron Jerome who has been having foot trouble.
"He had an injection and couldn`t train until yesterday and he still feels some pain," said Farke. "He`s not available for the starting line-up, but I want him there at Cardiff if we need him for the last 15 or 20 minutes to make an impact."
Marley Watkins and James Husband are still out and Steven Naismith, Alex Tettey and Matt Jarvis are unlikely to be available before the home game against Sheffield Wednesday next weekend.
I know, Matt Jarvis might be returning to fitness, what a time to be be alive!
There was also an update on Remi Matthews who had been earning rave reviews during his recent loan at Plymouth.
Argyle signed the City keeper on a week to week deal after all three of their keepers were lost to injury, only for Remi to suffer an ankle injury that will keep him out for around four to five weeks.
Apparently, it`s Neil Warnock`s 69th birthday today, which doesn`t bode well for Norwich but our away form this season gives us cause for some optimism at least. In fact, we have looked better and got better results away from the Theatre of Shattered Dreams, sorry, I mean Carrow Road.
On paper, it looks like a very tough assignment but our team does have match winners in it, we just haven`t seen a lot of them of late, other than James Maddison of course.
Fingers crossed for a moral boosting performance and hopefully a win, god knows we could do with it.