Canaries clean bill of health for Stoke

Manager Glenn Roeder has no new injury worries ahead of Norwich's trip to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday. It leaves the City boss with the welcome opportunity to name an unchanged starting 11 for the third game in a row and on the back of two victories.

Manager Glenn Roeder has no new injury worries ahead of Norwich's trip to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

It leaves the City boss with the welcome opportunity to name an unchanged starting 11 for the third game in a row and on the back of two welcome victories, against Coventry at Carrow Road last Saturday, and Tuesday evening's 3-1 win at Blackpool.

Roeder confirmed veteran Dion Dublin will be available to make his third appearance in eight days; the 38-year-old suffering no ill effects from his recent exertions in the north west.

Roeder said: “Dion felt fine after the game. We treat him differently in terms of the amount of training he has to do. He spends a lot more time in the gym with a stretching programme to keep him as supple as possible. He doesn't need to waste his energy on the training ground, he needs it all for the games.”


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Left back Adam Drury and goalkeeper Matthew Gilks remain Roeder's only long-term injury casualties, something of a luxury for City's current manager who could yet be tempted to change things around for Saturday.

Lee Croft, Ched Evans and Darren Huckerby all came off the bench on Tuesday night to put in impressive displays and will be hoping they get the chance to start a game for Norwich sooner rather than later.

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The Canaries' remaining loanee contingent of Martin Taylor, Mo Camara and Matty Pattison are expected to keep their respective places in a side which has now scored five goals and conceded just one in its previous two outings.

Midfielders Darel Russell and Luke Chadwick will make their first return to Stoke since leaving the Potteries for Carrow Road. Both players were instrumental in the Potters' 5-0 demolition of the Canaries last season, each getting on the scoresheet, while Stoke manager Tony Pulis was also linked with the recent managerial vacancy at Carrow Road left by Peter Grant in October.

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