Defender Martin Olsson back in Norwich City contention for home clash against Brighton
15:15 20 November 2014
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The decision to withdraw Martin Olsson from the Sweden squad has paid off for Norwich City.
The 26-year-old pulled out of the Sweden camp ahead of their two matches during the international break to get further treatment on a knee problem.
That extra work has paid off with the left-back being declared fit ahead of the Canaries’ return to action at home to Brighton on Saturday. And boss Neil Adams also confirmed this afternoon that those who did go away with their countries have arrived back in Norfolk ready for the Championship schedule to swing back into action.
The City manager said: “We had seven, stroke eight, of them away. Everybody’s back as we would expect. A couple didn’t go, like Martin Olsson who didn’t travel. There’s obviously the normal bumps and bruises but I don’t expect anyone to be ruled out having returned from international duty.
“I watched (Scotland v England) through my fingers. I always do. But there’s the others as well – the ones that you can’t watch. You just hope that they get through it. I watched the Scotland, England game for sure and it was a good game of football from the English point of view. But of course, for myself, you’re just hoping Whitts (Whittaker) and Russ (Martin) come through unscathed.
“Martin’s fine and trained today. We decided to give him an injection in his knee as he’s had a few problems with that. That was arranged to fit around this international break so he’s had that done, he’s fine and he trained ok today.”
Mark Bunn is back in training but won’t be ready for Brighton’s visit while Ryan Bennett will link-up again with the squad after the weekend. Wes Hoolahan and Vadis Ofoe are still a couple of weeks away from making a comeback.
“It’ll be good to have Ryan Bennett back involved with us,” added Adams.
“How well he trains with us will probably determine if and when he’s available. It’s good to see them out there running. Wes it out there, Vadis is out there, and again, similar to Ryan Bennett once you get them out there, out of the treatment room, then they’re not too far off.”