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Idah Set For First Premiership Norwich Start

Norwich sit bottom of the table and 7-points from safety ahead of Saturday's meeting with Manchester United, and they remain without top-scorer Teemu Pukki after he sustained a hamstring injury in their New Year's Day draw with Crystal Palace.

The Finland international has scored nine goals in his 21 Premier League appearances to date.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke says Swiss striker Josip Drmić is working his way back to fitness following a hamstring problem of his own, but won't be available for the game at Old Trafford, "He joined us for the first time since his long-term injury during this week in order to take part.

"[He managed] a few exercises during this week but it's too soon for him to take part."

Regarding Pukki's return, Farke told his pre-match press conference, "I hope at any point during next week he'll join us back in team training and I'm pretty confident he'll be available during the Bournemouth game."

So, whither FA Cup hat-trick hero Idah? Republic of Ireland assistant manager Terry Connor is set to be at Old Trafford to watch Idah following his heroics at Deepdale last week.

Mick McCarthy said in the wake of that 3rd round tie that Idah may well force himself into his plans for Ireland's Euro 2020 playoff with Slovakia in March, but Farke appears keen not to pile the pressure on the 18-year old.

"We will see. We are struggling a bit of course with injuries of our main striker options with Teemu Pukki and Josip Drmić", Farke said on Friday.

"Of course, Adam Idah is a good option for us without any doubt. He's done really alright at Preston in the [FA] Cup game and we'll see how we decide."

The German was keen to point out that it wasn't so long ago - namely their Carabao Cup exit to Crawley Town - that some were writing off Idah's ability to step into the first team, "Please be careful with these young lads - we can't be too high and we can't be too down.

"After Crawley when he played and there was an own goal and we lost this game, everyone labelled him as 'too far away from the Premier League' and we supported him and backed him."

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