Norwich City manager Daniel Farke has revealed that Timm Klose’s season could be over after the centre-back suffered a suspected knee ligament injury in the 1-0 loss to Crawley Town.
The Swiss defender was making his first appearance of the season, however, lasted just 27 minutes in the defeat to the League Two minnows.
Klose had only recently recovered from a hip flexor injury and was looking to make his way back in the first-team fold.
The Norwich man signed for the Canaries in January 2016, the season the Norfolk side were last in the top flight. He also suffered a knee ligament injury that reduced him to just 10 appearances (via Transfermarkt).
The news will be devastating, if true, for Farke as he’s now reduced to just three fit senior centre-halves (via Transfermarkt). After conceding nine goals in their first four games of the new season (via WhoScored), the German manager will surely want to have all of his centre-backs fit to be able to try different defensive combinations. However, that plan will be out of the window if, as expected, Klose is out for the season.
Klose’s defensive statistics highlight just what sort of player the club could potentially be missing this season. The 31-year-old made 3.8 clearances per game last season in the Championship, the third-most of any player in the squad (via WhoScored).
His strength and height also make him a huge asset for Farke. Last season, Klose won three aerial challenges per game, the joint-highest in the Canaries squad (via WhoScored). His strength in the air was also a plus when it came to attacking set-pieces as he scored four goals in the Championship.
Klose is a considerable asset to be possibly losing for the remainder of the season. The 6 foot 4 defender has the ability to plug a gaping hole in the centre of the Norfolk side’s defence that has already conceded eight goals in the Premier League.
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