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Norwich Team News: Norwich vs Chelsea

Norwich City have announced that they are pleased to have no fresh injury concerns going into to tomorrow's match with Chelsea.

There were fears in the build up that Mathias Normann could be a doubt for the game, after he went off on 75 minutes of the previous game with Brighton & Hove Albion with cramps, but head coach Daniel Farke has confirmed that he is fit to play this weekend.

"He just had cramps in the last game after he was out for 10 days with a little injury, so I was pleased that he was able to be on the pitch for 75 minutes and he is also ready and available for tomorrow."

Norwich City will be without Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour for the match though, as he is not available to play against his parent club and Farke also confirmed that there was bad news in terms of Christoph Zimmermann's ankle injury.

"Christoph Zimmermann is out and sadly I can confirm that he needs another ankle surgery," he said. "He will have the surgery next Monday and we expect him to be out of team training for the next six weeks. It depends a bit on the surgery, it could be a few weeks more it could perhaps be a few days less. It is sad news for Christoph and sad news for us, but we hope to have him back in team training soon."

Farke also added that Todd Cantwell is not in contention for tomorrow's match.

"Todd has missed a lot of training sessions, so he is not a topic for tomorrow. There is a process until he is ready for the battles on Premier League level," he said.

Daniel Farke: Norwich Vs Brighton Post Match Reaction

Speaking with canaries.co.uk after the match, Farke said: "We have ticked many boxes today, we wanted to get off the mark in a home game which we did, we wanted to get the next clean sheet, which we did.

"We wanted to stay unbeaten, back-to-back, which we did. We want to create more chances than the Burnley game, which we did.

"We were rock solid in terms of defending and wanted to take the next step by winning points but sadly we have to accept that it’s just a small step with one point and not the big step that we would have, of course, liked even more.

"The final bit to be clinical to score was missing again. We created enough scenes to score today but sadly we didn’t bring the ball over the line.

"For that, we are not over the moon tonight, but again, I just have compliments for the performance and the commitment and workload of my lads."

Farke spoke about the chances missed in more detail: "We were much closer to winning the game. We were rock solid in our defending and against a side who have conceded just five goals.

"We created so many chances in order not just to score one goal, when I think about the situation with Josh Sargent in the first-half - he could have put the ball in an empty net.

"In the second-half when Teemu (Pukki) played the ball through, he (Sargent) was one against one on the goalkeeper and he should have been there with a better first touch. Teemu then had a good chance after a great through pass from Max Aarons.

"I would say for a Premier League game, we had more than enough to win it. But sadly the final piece was missing and that’s just what we have to criticise. We have to be self-critical and we need this composure and cutting edge to finish these situations.

"But nonetheless, it was a top performance in many areas and I’m quite pleased. It’s another good step in the right direction."

Norwich Rue Missed Chances As They Double Points Tally

It was scrappy, but it was beguiling in parts too and while neither Norwich City nor Brighton & Hove Albion managed a goal between them, there were chances aplenty and comfort for both teams. Norwich have neither lost nor conceded in two games and their second performance carried the suggestion they may not necessarily be doomed after all. Brighton, meanwhile are six unbeaten and those relegation struggles of recent years already seem sepia-tinted.        

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke retained the same starting XI and substitutes who brought a point back from Burnley. Brighton manager Graham Potter also made no changes to his starters, which meant Yves Bissouma, on bail after being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, was unused on the bench following his recovery from a knee injury.

With Brighton fielding five across the middle and both Norwich full-backs keen to overlap, midfield was always going to be congested. So it proved and with only Mathais Normann interested in slowing things down, the early stages were frenetic and stacatto.

Slowly, though, Brighton began to assert themselves and soon, Tim Krul was saving smartly from Adam Lallana following Pascal Gross’s corner and Krul was alert again, touching Leandro Trossard’s dipper onto his bar after a beautifully cushioned Neal Maupay lay-off. Norwich meanwhile showed intermittent traces of the team who passed themselves out of last year’s Championship. Twice, though Teemu Pukki bore down on Robert Sanchez on his own but such is the Finn’s dearth of confidence, twice he squared for impossible to reach team-mates.

They should have gone ahead in the last minute of the first half, when Normann played a ball towards Josh Sargent. Robert Sanchez hurtled out of goal and completely miskicked before colliding with Lewis Dunk, allowing Sargent to face an empty goal on the edge of the penalty area. The American rolled the ball forwards, but so slowly that Shane Duffy had time to run back and clear. Aghast at his own sloppiness, Sargent held his head in his hands, as did most of the home support.

Three minutes into the second period, Sargent once again seemed set to score when Pukki set him free after Dunk’s clearance hit Lallana on the back. This time Sargent miscontrolled, allowing Dunk the opportunity to mop up the loose ball. Before the hour was up, Potter made a change, giving Tariq Lamptey his first Premier League action since tearing his hamstring at Fulham in December.

For the first time this season, Norwich found themselves on top and soon afterwards, Pukki missed again after being put through by a cute Max Aarons ball. Still, though, a third league goal of the season would not come, but when Pukki stormed through a back-pedalling rearguard yet again, Dan Burn save the day and the point with a perfectly judged tackle. Indeed, they almost snatched all three late on when Maupay somehow poked Solly March’s cross over the bar from almost under it.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Interested In Aberdeen Right Back Calvin Ramsay

Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay is reportedly wanted by Norwich City for a January transfer.

The 18-year-old right-back has been a star performer under Stephen Glass this season, and has been tipped as a Scotland international of the future.

Ramsay has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Leicester City, as clubs south of the border look to get their hands on the next rising star.

According to the Scottish Sun Premier League strugglers Norwich have also entered the fray and could look to test the waters with a January bid.

While Aberdeen will want to hang on to one of their prize assets, manager Glass has admitted they could be fielding bids this winter.

He said: " I wouldn’t be surprised, let’s be honest about that.

"He’s in a similar position to a lot of young players in Scotland in that they’re attractive to clubs down south.

“They see it as a very affordable option up here, they get incredible value when they come to this league.

“The players they play with, the players they play against and the experiences they get - clubs think this is a very good learning environment for them.

“Players who have gone south in recent years have done very well, so that increased the likelihood of the clubs coming back again.

“I don’t get involved in valuations and all that stuff, but John McGinn went down for a decent amount and has done brilliantly.

“There is a good recent history of Scottish young players going down and doing well.

“Players are aware of that, they know they have to produce for their clubs here first.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich 'Want' Aberdeen Right Back Calvin Ramsay

Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay is reportedly wanted by Norwich City for a January transfer.

The 18-year-old right-back has been a star performer under Stephen Glass this season, and has been tipped as a Scotland international of the future.

Ramsay has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Leicester City, as clubs south of the border look to get their hands on the next rising star.

According to the Scottish Sun Premier League strugglers Norwich have also entered the fray and could look to test the waters with a January bid.

While Aberdeen will want to hang on to one of their prize assets, manager Glass has admitted they could be fielding bids this winter.

He said: " I wouldn’t be surprised, let’s be honest about that.

"He’s in a similar position to a lot of young players in Scotland in that they’re attractive to clubs down south.

“They see it as a very affordable option up here, they get incredible value when they come to this league.

“The players they play with, the players they play against and the experiences they get - clubs think this is a very good learning environment for them.

“Players who have gone south in recent years have done very well, so that increased the likelihood of the clubs coming back again.

“I don’t get involved in valuations and all that stuff, but John McGinn went down for a decent amount and has done brilliantly.

“There is a good recent history of Scottish young players going down and doing well.

“Players are aware of that, they know they have to produce for their clubs here first.

Brighton Injury Woes Ahead of Norwich Match

Brighton boss Graham Potter says Danny Welbeck and Steven Alzate will miss his side's upcoming clash against Norwich City.

The Seagulls will not be at full strength for the contest at Carrow Road as Potter has confirmed that Steven Alzate (ankle) and Danny Welbeck (hamstring) will miss out.

Alzate suffered his injury in the 1-1 draw to Crystal Palace at the end of September, as did Welbeck, and Potter said at today's press conference that both will undergo surgery on their respective injuries.

Yves Bissouma extended his knee in the 2-1 triumph over Leicester City in September and has missed all of Brighton's matches since then but could be available, as will Enock Mwepu who hurt his groin in the warm-up before Brighton's League Cup clash with Swansea City nearly three weeks ago.

Adam Webster has been out with a hamstring injury for more than a month could also be back for the Norwich clash.

Welbeck and Alzate are likely to be out for some time and will definitely miss their next league games against Man City and Liverpool this month.

Transfer Rumour: Liverpool & Arsenal Tracking Potential Free Agent Todd Cantwell

Arsenal and Liverpool are both reportedly keeping an eye on the contract situation of Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell.

As is reported by Transfermarkt, Cantwell’s Norwich City contract is due to expire in the summer of 2022. That leaves him with a big decision to make over his future at Carrow Road.

Cantwell was highly rated during Norwich’s previous stint in the Premier League. Now 23-years-old, he’s been unable to have any notable impact for the struggling side this season to date.

Still, flying under the radar hasn’t done Cantwell’s stock within English football any harm, with Fichajes reporting that both Arsenal and Liverpool are keeping an eye on his situation.

The jury is still out on Cantwell and there will be some who have doubts over whether he is good enough to be playing for a big six side, certainly one with Liverpool’s ambitions – all due respect to Arsenal.

That said, should an opportunity present itself for either party to sign him on the cheap, as a result of his precarious contract situation, you can certainly see the logic in one of them taking advantage.

Cantwell is a young player with untapped potential. Even if he is unable to really establish himself with one of the big boys, you’d expect him to have decent resale value in the future.

Sporting Director Webber attracting interest from 'leading clubs'

The uncertainty surrounding the future of Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber is being monitored closely by 'leading clubs' according to a national newspaper report.

That's according to the Daily Mail, with their sports agenda editor Mike Keegan claiming Webber is attracting interest from 'a host of leading clubs' and that the Welshman plans to make a decision on his future towards the end of the season.

City supporters have known the situation was bubbling under the surface since the 37-year-old signed a three-year contract in September 2019 and said it was likely he would move on to a new challenge in 2022.

The former Liverpool head of academy recruitment has ambitions to work at the top level and to potentially take his skills overseas, and also has plenty of interests outside of football, such as a keen interest in Formula One.

Much has happened since that announcement though, both a Premier League relegation and a Championship title triumph, as well as Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic which have had such major impacts in the UK.

So after a return to the top flight was sealed last season, Webber revealed that he was open to potentially staying beyond the summer of 2022, if City wanted him to.

Head coach Daniel Farke signed a new four-year contract in July and Webber was asked for the latest on his situation at a Carrow Road press conference.

“I said at the end of last season I am very grateful to work here. It is a special club,” he said.

“No conversations have been had and I am not expecting to have any between now and the end of the (summer) window certainly. My position is not important.

"It doesn’t affect the rhythm of what happens day-to-day. If it did, that would be different. It is probably more a conversation point outside the club.”

After making his name progressing through the ranks at Wrexham, Webber was at Liverpool between 2009 and 2012 before going on to senior scouting roles at QPR and Wolves.

He moved to Huddersfield as head of football operations in 2015 and brought David Wagner in as head coach from Borussia Dortmund II, leaving for Norwich a couple of months before the Terriers earned promotion via the Championship play-offs.

His success with the Canaries is well documented, bringing previous reports of interest from Manchester United and Southampton when City were in the Championship.

A reminder of that success was provided on Thursday when Webber was alongside majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones to officially open the club's revamped Lotus Training Centre.

With the facilities having been vastly improved in recent years after the new structure put in place following the dismissal of Alex Neil as manager in 2017, putting an emphasis on the need for long-term planning as a self-funded club.

Working closely with Farke, the Canaries have developed young talents to sell for big money in recent years, including James Maddison, Emi Buendia and Ben Godfrey.

Despite Covid-19 creating a loss of around £35million in expected income, bouncing straight back to the Premier League allowed City to spend around £50m in the summer transfer window, in conjunction with the sale of Buendia to Villa for an initial £33m.

The signings of internationals including Christos Tzolis, Milot Rashica and Josh Sargent, as well as Mathias Normann and Ozan Kabak on loan with a view to a permanent deal, earned Webber plenty of praise.