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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Norwich City look likely to come up against one of the feared “big strikers” who have terrorised their back four this season.
A week after Swansea’s Wilfried Bony did to City what Rickie Lambert and Christian Benteke had already done – scored – the Canaries defence are preparing to face 6ft 3in Victor Anichebe.
The former Everton striker is winning his battle for fitness for Saturday’s six-pointer at Carrow Road, having been sidelined with a hamstring problem suffered in the Baggies’ defeat at Hull almost two weeks ago.
The news will come as a boost for West Brom boss Pepe Mel, especially after tabloid headlines claiming that Saido Berahino had suffered a head injury after clashing with at least one senior player following the 3-3 draw with Cardiff.
A statement from The Hawthorns played down the incident, claiming the matter had been resolved, but it will have been an unwanted distraction from the task in hand for Mel, whose team are three points and two places below 15th-placed City in the table.
The Baggies will have their full capacity of 2,500 travelling fans at Carrow Road, with the club laying on free coach travel for up to 2,000 supporters.
With Cardiff’s late equaliser still fresh in his mind, Mel says he is more determined than ever to get something out of the weekend trip to Norfolk.
“The next game is always the most important game – but particularly after the bitter feeling we had on Saturday,” he said.
The Spaniard has Jonas Olsson available after a two-match ban, with Chris Brunt, Billy Jones and Claudio Yacob all due to return to training this week, although a more likely comeback game for the trio will be a week later, at home to Spurs.