Alex Neil - Norwich City will cope without Matt Jarvis for West Ham test
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Alex Neil is confident Norwich City can deal with the loss of Matt Jarvis as they prepare to face his parent club West Ham in the Premier League this weekend.
Jarvis is ineligible under the terms of his season-long loan after his impressive start to life at Carrow Road continued with a thumping strike in the midweek 3-0 Capital One Cup win over West Brom.
Martin Olsson and Robbie Brady look poised to forge a new-look partnership down the left flank after the Swedish international played his first 90 minutes of the season against the Baggies following a summer disrupted by shoulder surgery.
'I think Martin has come on quite a lot now,' said Neil, speaking on Friday morning at Colney. 'If we're honest the minutes he had away with Sweden (in Euro 2016 qualifiers) recently was a little too much in our eyes for where he was in his rehab but the good thing is he came through it unscathed and the West Brom game helps him on his road to match fitness.
'Robbie is naturally the one who would move up one and Martin of course was my left-back when we got promoted. By all accounts he acquitted himself well the last time the club was in the Premier League. He is a Swedish international, he has good pace, he is a good one on one defender. Robbie technically with his left foot is very good, he has great delivery and he is probably more accustomed to playing further forward but there is no reason they can't operate together. It's a consideration, just whether Martin can play twice in a short period of time. I have options and there are a lot of players vying for positions.'
Dynamo Kiev loan striker Dieumerci Mbokani comes into that category after his cup display on his full Norwich debut.
'That would certainly have helped him. He showed he can compete in the Premier League. I was pleased for him and with him,' said Neil. 'For his first game in England he gave a good account of himself. The biggest thing you question with foreign players is that physicality of the Premier League because it is not leagues like Spain or Portugal where there is much physical contact.
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'He thrives on that side of the game. I thought technically he linked the game really well. Maybe he could have got in the box more but in training he is more than capable of doing that.'
Neil reported no fresh injury concerns with Gary Hooper (ankle) and Youssouf Mulumbu (foot) still out. Midfielder Alex Tettey is back in contention after serving a one-match ban.
'No, we're looking fine at the moment injury-wise,' he said. 'Gary Hooper has had a problem with his ankle but he is now starting to load bear but is still probably a few weeks away. Youssouf is doing running now, he is out on the grasss and doing a lot of his fitness work. His twisting and turning is a bit limited still, it is more straight line stuff, and he is just getting his aerobic capacity up. He is on course for the deadline we set, providing he has not setbacks.'