Center-back Ben Gibson missed Norwich City’s win over Rotherham with a back problem
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Championship leader Norwich City will be back in action on Tuesday night, but Daniel Farke will again have to do without center-back Ben Gibson on his trip to Birmingham City.
The Burnley loanee will miss the game because of the back problem affecting him knocked out over the weekend still worried him slightly, although Farke insisted it was a minor problem.
Emi Buendia is fine however after limping slightly in the final stages of Saturday’s win against Rotherham after he was at the end of a tough duel with which Miller’s skipper Michael Ihiekwe had booked.
« All players who were available for the last game are available, » said the city boss. « We have to play without Ben Gibson, he still has back problems, not a big problem.
» It’s improved a bit, but not enough to have him in the squad. I’d say 95 percent of the time he won’t be involved. «
Marco Stiepermann is still training with the U-23s when he comes back after two months with an energy-saving virus. He’ll be back in Middlesbrough on Friday afternoon for play the U-23s before returning to first-team training next week.
The young striker Sebastian Soto missed the U23s when he lost 2-0 to Leeds in Colney on Friday. Stiepermann played the first hour, has only one minor problem and is back in training before Friday’s game.
Orjan Nyland, who was signed in January, is not yet on a matchday squad, but Farke said the Norwegian international is close full training and could take action in an emergency if goalkeeper Tim Krul is injured.
The 30-year-old had a back operation in early November after leaving Aston Villa, so he needed time to get fit again.
« He’s about to be in the mix and pretty close to being in full team training, » explained Farke. « He’s already been there with small parts of the team training, he’s already working quite intensively with our goalkeeping coach.
» In an emergency, I would say that he would be there, but I also trust Daniel Barden, for example, who is in this season was excellent for us and there is no need to accelerate. «
» It looks really good and with Orjan it was also very good to give him some time to get into the locker room to get used to our football, with a lot of information about our game and how we want to play, how we want to play from behind.
« But the most obvious task is to stop the balls and protect our goal, however a bit of his tactical behavior and his positioning for our setup. It was good to give him some time, he is making good progress and I think he will be fully trained in the next day and that is definitely good news for him. «
The Canary Islands At the summit, with a 1-0 home win over Rotherham on Saturday, they took seven points ahead of the third consecutive defeat for Brentford.
After the victories over Stoke and Coventry, it was a third win for City . Teemu Pukki scored his 15th goal of the season.
On Tuesday (kick-off at 7:00 p.m.) they are facing a third game in a row against a team that is fighting relegation. Birmingham were in 21st place, two points ahead of the last three.
After a 1-0 away win over survival rivals Sheffield on Saturday, pressure on coach Aitor Karanka eased. The Owls were reduced to 10 men at the start of the second half, and Scott Hogan scored the only goal in the 63rd minute.
That ended a miserable run of 13 games with nine losses and only one win, 1-0 in Middlesbrough in mid-January.
Birmingham played seven seasons in the Premier League between 2002 and 2011 and also won the League Cup in 2011. For the past four seasons, however, Birmingham has battled the decline after not playing in the third division since 1994/95.
The game marks the second trip to St. Andrew’s in seven days since the Blues have their stadium share with Coventry. Norwich won the first meeting of the teams in October at Carrow Road 1-0. Mario Vrancic came off the bench to bring home a winner in the 87th minute.
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