Smith on Covid, Cantwell & being tough to beat

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Rob Butler, BBC Radio Norfolk

Norwich City host Manchester United in the late Premier League game on Saturday.

Here's what City manager Dean Smith had to say in his pre-match news conference:

  • There are some "Covid issues" at the club. Smith says a couple of players have taken tests and await results, but he wouldn't be drawn on which players.

  • Todd Cantwell has trained "really well" in the last few days and Smith has been pleased with what he's seen from the midfielder.

  • United are a team full of superstars but it will take a while for it to truly to become a "Rangnick team".

  • His Norwich team is "tough to beat" now and that was Smith's first priority; he says he was disappointed with two of the goals conceded at Spurs in the 3-0 defeat last Sunday.

  • Midfielder Matthias Normann will continue his absence because of a pelvic injury, it's hopeful he could be back for the visit of Aston Villa on Tuesday.

  • Smith says Norwich have a high percentage of vaccinated players but he can't force any who haven't had the jab into getting it.

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