Luck of the Irish needed

Daniel Farke's press conferences appear to have made a slight change.

The level of information provided as to injuries have increased. In the past some injuries appear to have been kept quiet. Timm Klose’s knee operation being an example. This week we discovered Ben Godfrey has been subjected to hernia issues for a few weeks now and will play in pain today prior to surgery over the international break.

This leads me into the goalkeeper ‘crisis’.

At Burnley during the warm up, Tim Krul picked up his back spasm, took painkillers and then played the 90 minutes. I wonder how much additional damage he picked up in playing the game?

Enter Ralph Fahrmann, who is declared fit and lasts 20 minutes picking up his injury in a harmless attempt to save a penalty. We are told that the clubs physiotherapists and sports scientists have the knowledge and equipment to know if a player is 100% fit and/or not liable to antagonise the injury.

My feeling is that Krul should not have played against Burnley following the warm up damage and Ralf should not have been selected. It must be demoralising for a fit player to sit on the bench and watch an injured player take to the field on painkillers. Inevitably the player themselves tries to protect the injury and often winds up another part of his body.

Michael McGovern has taken verbal knocks from a number of City fans which in my opinion is unfair. As a contracted player he should be good enough to play when needed and should not play second or third fiddle to on-field players not at 100%.

McGovern has over 300 first team appearances and 30 senior international caps. I hope he plays out of his skin today and enjoys the luck of the Irish.

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