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EPL: ‘I can’t park the bus against Manchester City’

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EPL: ‘I can’t park the bus against Manchester City’

Norwich City boss Daniel Farke has said his side “can’t park the bus” against Manchester City because he has no defensive players.

Norwich will play Manchester City at home on Saturday in their week five game of their English Premier League.

The Canaries have been hit by an injury crisis ahead of welcoming the Premier League champions to Carrow Road on Saturday.

Defenders Max Aarons, Christoph Zimmerman, Timm Klose and Grant Hanley are all ruled out, while Ben Godfrey is also a major doubt after returning from England U21 duty with a groin strain.

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That leaves Jamal Lewis, Sam Byram and Philip Heise as the only fully fit first-team defenders, with new signing Ibrahim Amadou likely to move into the back line from his regular central midfield role.

Midfielders Tom Trybull, Moritz Leitner and Mario Vrancic will also miss the City match, while goalkeeper Tim Krul is a minor doubt.

According to SkySports, Farke admitted Norwich may have to name two goalkeepers on the bench to simply make up the numbers in their matchday squad.

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Farke said:

“There were more lads today on the physio bench than on the training pitch. It is a tricky situation for us.

“We are playing one of the best teams in the world, if not the best, and as a newly promoted side you always have to be at your best.

“Our injury situation is not easy at the moment but we will try to handle it anyhow.

“It is important that you have periods where you control the ball and are in possession. We will have to be top class in our defending and disciplined.

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“It will be also important that we bring our style and try to dominate possession and be good with the ball.

“Even if I wanted to, I can’t park the bus because I have no defensive players anymore. We will have to concentrate on our skills.”

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