Daniel Farke fears Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul will be out “for weeks” after his thigh injury in the spectacular 3-2 league win on Tuesday night at Stoke City.
Krul came to a screeching halt after a clearance and was replaced by Michael McGovern in an epic contest which also saw Emi Buendia sacked.
Teemu Pukki’s brace after Buendia opened the scoring put the leaders in total command, but Stoke hit back through Tyrese Campbell and Nathan Collins.
Krul walked out of the stadium with his left thigh heavily tied up and Farke is already planning without him for the weekend visit to Coventry City.
“It looks like a muscle injury. I don’t expect him to be ready to leave in three days, ”said Farke. “I expect him to be away for a few weeks. It’s the tough schedule we have with many games.
“This is not good news. We have to assess it. We had already had many injuries before this match. Now we also have Tim and Marco Stiepermann who had to leave the pitch with a possible concussion. He couldn’t play any further.
“Teemu was also complaining about some hamstring issues so we had to bring him down. Emi Buendia is also suspended this weekend. You can see how we finished this game.
“We had Przemyslaw Placheta as a striker and Mario Vrancic and Jacob Sorensen in the large areas. So tricky but we still found a way to win against a team that could have surpassed us in the table. The fighting spirit and the mentality were excellent.
Farke revealed that Buendia quickly apologized for his two yellow cards in five and a half seconds that put his team under extreme pressure.
“We have to accept that his emotions got the better of him. He is sometimes a little naive. I thought he was the player of the game until then, ”Farke said. “To score and then pass an assist for Teemu but also his workload and his counter-pressing.
“For me, by far the best player on the pitch. Then he was involved in a 50/50 tackle, and the referee decided to give him a foul and a yellow card. He should accept that, then calm down a bit and be more careful in the next duels.
“He was eager to get the ball back and he had his foot too high and didn’t realize the opponent was coming. Of course, you give the arbitrator a decision to make then. It was naive.
“He has already apologized to the group in the locker room for making our lives difficult.
“It’s part of its development. He’s a young player. There was no bad intention.
“He was punished by not finishing this game and missing the next. That’s enough. Unlucky for him and us, because he was in great shape.