Rafa Benitez has just confirmed that Daryl Janmaat will be fit for tomorrow’s game and while Fabricio Coloccini will not make it for Carrow Road, he will be fit for the game at Southampton next Saturday.
Rafa has also stressed that Rob Elliot’s injury was bad news for both him and the club, and the club will be supporting Rob fully during his (long) recovery and it is now time for us all to support stand-in goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who has been training well this week.
Rafa Benitez – giving his press conference today
Here are the initial comments coming in from some of the local journalists at Rafa’s press conference which started at 12:30 pm:
“Elliot’s injury is bad news for us and for Rob. He is very positive. We have to support him and hopefully he can come back asap”
“We have to support Karl Darlow. He is training well and has a lot of confidence and has played a lot of games in the Championship.” “We know he can do well.”
“We still have eight games to play and have to concentrate on one at a time.”
“Coloccini is not ready yet. We lost Haidara last week. Janmaat and Cisse are coming back. Tiote is available too.”
“We’ll have to move someone there. We have another training session and we’ll decide at the last moment.”
“Norwich are organised. They have a lot of players who know their jobs. We have to work hard from the first minute to the last.”
It’s good that both Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote are fit to play again, and we have a feeling Rafa may even start Cheick Tiote alongside Jonjo Shelvey tomorrow – because of the Ivorian’s vast experience.
We think (hope) that Cheick will be inspired to play at his best for Benitez.