Krul expects depleted Canaries to rise to the challenge
Tim Krul says he doesn’t expect Norwich’s standards to drop against Manchester City despite the Premier League new boys having several injury concerns.
The Canaries have been handed a tricky start to life back in the top flight, taking on Liverpool and Chelsea in their first four matches, a run which has yielded just three points.
It doesn’t get any easier with the resumption of domestic football after the international break when reigning champions City visit Carrow Road on Saturday teatime.
There is never a good time to play Pep Guardiola’s men although Norwich would like to have a few more of their first-choice defensive options available for the game.
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Timm Klose and Christoph Zimmerman, two regulars in Norwich’s Championship-winning side last season, have been ruled out the clash, with knee and ankle injuries respectively, while Tom Trybull is absent due to an ankle issue.
It could get even worse for the Norfolk outfit as Grant Hanley and Max Aarons both need to prove their fitness ahead of the weekend.
With Onel Hernandez a long-term injury absentee, head coach Daniel Farke’s options have been badly depleted and the German could be forced to name a makeshift back four to face arguably the most potent attack in the Premier League.
Goalkeeper Krul isn’t too concerned, though, believing that whoever is sent out to protect him will do a good job based on how players have performed previously when drafted into the team.
“Last year, if there was an injury and someone had to come in, they always stepped up to the plate and took their chance,” Krul told Norwich City’s official matchday programme.
“We’ll have new players coming in against Manchester City and they just have to show that they’re ready. The fringe players train so hard in pre-season and are pushing us so hard, so I’ve got no worries about that.”
The good news for Norwich is that top goalscorer Teemu Pukki has returned from international duty unscathed after he netted in both of Finland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Greece and Italy.