Norwich City central defender Timm Klose has blamed the club’s injury problems on a lack of a winter break in English football.

Injuries have been mounting up for Norwich in recent weeks, with Alex Tettey and Marco Stiepermann both forced off in the club’s last Championship match against Brentford.

Mortiz Leitner, Louis Thompson, Jamal Lewis and Emi Buendia are also out at the moment, although Lewis is though to be in contention to return against West Brom. 

Klose has claimed that a winter break could combat these issues, but he does not see it happening any time soon.

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Speaking to The Independent, Klose said this:

You think about it at the end of the game, especially when you see Tetts [Alex Tettey] and [Marco] Stiepermann go down. Everywhere I’ve played there was a break in the winter. They had time to relax, and especially recover. But that’s English football, you have to accept it and getting through those periods and still being up there is a good achievement.

I don’t think it’s going to happen. It’s too important that families can come out, especially Boxing Day, New Year’s Day. That’s tradition. Why should you change traditions?

Klose made his 100th appearances for Norwich earlier this season and has scored four goals from defence – with his most recent coming on New Year’s Day against Brentford.