NORWICH skipper Ivo Pinto is out with a freak knee injury, suffered climbing from his car.
The Portuguese right-back missed today's 1-0 Championship win at Brentford with a "swollen" leg.
The Canaries tweeted boss Daniel Farke's response.
The German said: "Ivo Pinto is unavailable. He injured himself getting out of his car and his knee is swollen.
"I will have to check his car as the games haven't injured him!
"We have several players who can play that position. For one game we will find a solution."
@Been_Juice you’re having me on?
— BargieBear (@BargieBear) January 26, 2018
— Martin Roberts (@The_great_88) January 26, 2018
Fans on Twitter were a mixture of bemused and amused.
One labelled Pinto's injury as "unbelievable".
Another said: "That's up there with injuries such as @rioferdy5 straining tendons in his knee while playing on his Playstation! #OhDear."
Norwich have off-loaded their only other experienced full-back, Russell Martin, to Rangers on loan.
But Farke insists he will not be revving up his transfer-window activity after Pinto's motoring mishap.
He told the Eastern Daily Press: “Let’s say in the mid to long term we have to find a solution for this position but right now we have a good group of lads,” said Farke.
“It is not so easy when you want to bring a player in you are looking for good quality but in January that is really difficult to find.
“Secondly, Ivo is our captain and he is more often than not available to play.
“As the captain he wants to play each and every game so we are searching perhaps more for a younger player in this position who we can develop. I am not too concerned."
— Simon King (@s87king) January 26, 2018
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