Norwich City have been handed a big blow after Timm Klose was revealed to have suffered a knee ligament injury (via Pink Un).
The defender is thought to be out for months, with manager Daniel Farke already resigned to losing Klose for the majority of this season.
The German centre-back suffered the injury after just 27 minutes in his comeback game against Crawley Town in the loss in second round of the Carabao Cup.
Klose joins the likes of Grant Hanley and Christoph Zimmermann, who are also suffering from injuries. Hanley is out with a groin problem and Zimmermann is suffering from the effects of a heavy tackle from Sebastian Haller.
The injuries to the three defenders mean that Farke has just Ben Godfrey as his only fit first-team centre-half as of right now, ahead of difficult games against Manchester City and Burnley.
The Norfolk side’s defending has been eye-catching for all the wrong reasons this season. The side have conceded a mammoth 10 goals in their four Premier League games so far this campaign, the highest in the division (via Premier League).
Klose’s seemingly long-term injury is a big worry for Farke, especially with the Canaries looking likely to fight relegation this season after losing three of their opening four games. The German showed that he was one of the club’s best defenders last season with his performances in the promotion-winning campaign.
Klose made a mass 3.8 clearances and won a joint-highest number of headers per game for Norwich, showing his brilliant defensive abilities (via WhoScored).
However, it’s the composure of the centre-back that really highlights his ability. Klose averaged the second-least number of fouls per game for the side, showing his calm and cool approach to defending.
With Norwich looking likely to face an uphill battle in terms of fighting relegation this season, the injury to Klose is a hammer blow. The German defender will almost certainly be missed, as shown by the club’s defensive performances so far this season.
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