Norwich City defender Christoph Zimmermann is feeling coy over a return in early December after revealing he has made some ‘good progress’.
The defender has been out since suffering a ligament injury in his right foot in the 2-0 defeat away to West Ham United in the Premier League in late August (via The Pink Un).
Zimmermann said: “I’ve made some good progress and it’s been better than expected and therefore we said that December should definitely be possible.” (Source: Norwich via The Pink Un)
An early return from injury could be just what the doctor ordered for manager Daniel Farke, as the German looks to revive their Premier League survival hopes. Norwich City sit rock-bottom of the league table with just seven points from their 12 games, having conceded the second-most goals of any team in the top flight (via Premier League).
Zimmermann was a superb player for the Canaries last campaign, and his re-introduction to the first-team fold will add both numbers and quality to the backline at Carrow Road.
The German’s return would mean an actual central defender playing at centre-half. Defensive midfielders Alexander Tettey and Ibrahim Amadou have been filling in at centre-half for a number of games, showing just how stretched the squad has been this year.
26-year-old Zimmermann has an innate ability to snuff out danger, shown during their Championship promotion season where he made the second-most clearances per game of any player in the side. His height and power in the air also managed to make him a useful asset in defence as he won the fourth-most aerial duels in the squad (via WhoScored).
Zimmermann’s early return can be a timely boost for Farke as the coach looks to repair some pretty heavy damage to the club’s hopes of staying up, with the Canaries having suffered six defeats out of their last seven league games.
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