City skipper set to miss Wolves test

Norwich City captain Mark Fotheringham is expected to be missing again as the Canaries face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Carrow Road on Saturday (3pm).Despite boss Glenn Roeder rating the midfielder's chances of making an appearance against Mick McCarthy's men as 50:50, he is loathed to risk Fotheringham, who is currently suffering with a stiff hamstring.

Norwich City captain Mark Fotheringham is expected to be missing again as the Canaries face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Carrow Road on Saturday (3pm).

Despite boss Glenn Roeder rating the midfielder's chances of making an appearance against Mick McCarthy's men as 50:50, he is loath to risk Fotheringham, who is currently suffering with a stiff hamstring. However, the skipper may make his return at Crystal Palace on New Year's Day.

Other than Fotheringham, Roeder has no new injury worries of the visit of Wolves and is expected to start with the same side which earned a point against 10-man Charlton at Carrow Road on Boxing Day.

That means Darel Russell will be named captain in Fotheringham's absence, with Matty Pattison alongside him in central midfield. Jimmy Smith will make the last appearance of his loan spell at Carrow Road, unless Roeder can extend his temporary switch from Chelsea.

As well as Smith, Ched Evans, Mo Camara and Pattison could all make their final appearances at Carrow Road if their respective deals are not renewed after the Canaries' new year game at Selhurst Park.

Mick McCarthy's side will arrive at Carrow Road under considerable pressure to get a result, with their season taking a turn for the worst over recent matches.

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Wolves have gone 555 minutes without scoring a goal away from home and are winless in five games; the latest blip for last season's play off semi-finalists came in Boxing Day's 2-0 defeat at Hull.

Defenders Jody Craddock and Gary Breen could be available after recovering from groin and knee injuries respectively, but the game is expected to come too soon for danger man Michael Kightly, who has an ankle problem. Goalkeepers Matt Murray and Graham Stack are long-term absentees with knee injuries.

One-time Norwich target Freddie Eastwood looks set to keep his place upfront alongside Andy Keogh, despite the former Southend striker last goals coming 18 games ago, in Wolves' 2-1 over Blackpool at Molineux.