Alex Neil ponders Norwich City changes for Leicester City visit
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Norwich City boss Alex Neil revealed on Friday morning he will relish making some big selection calls ahead of Leicester City's Premier League visit.
West Ham loanee Matt Jarvis is available again after sitting out the 2-2 draw at his parent club and is competing for a place down the left with Robbie Brady and Martin Olsson. Dynamo Kiev loan striker Dieurmerci Mbokani is also in the mix after replacing Cameron Jerome at Upton Park.
'It is a great problem to have,' said Neil, speaking at Colney. 'I have three excellent players down that left-hand flank. It'll be obviously a decision to make and I am pretty clear what I am going to do.
'In terms of the top end of the pitch I think Dieumerci is a completely different option to Cameron and once we get him fully up to match speed then I think, depending on who we play, he might be a different option to how we approach things. Cameron, so far, has led the line really well for us but it's good to have that variety.'
Neil reported no fresh injury concerns, with Youssouf Mulumbu (foot) and Gary Hooper (ankle) making good progress.
'The squad is fine, apart from the lads injured previously we've had a full squad training this week,' he said. 'Youssouf is back doing a bit of work. We've had him in the group which is great. He's been back out on the grass which is good progress. Gary Hooper is probably another two weeks away from getting himself back involved.'
Neil has also welcomed Vadis Ofoe back into the fold after the Belgian international made it clear he wanted to return from his loan stint at Rotherham to fight for a place in the Scot's Premier League plans. Neil confirmed Steve Evans' surprise departure earlier this week from the New York Stadium had no bearing on Ofoe's decision.
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'No, he was always going to come back. That decision was made before Steve left,' he said. 'I had spoken to him, he wanted to come back and fight for his place. He understands the situation he is in. Other lads have done well and he is going to have to bide his time. He understands that and he made the choice he wanted to come back and fight for his place, which is fine by me.
'He did well. Steve spoke really highly of him in terms of his qualities and what he has going forward with the ball. He'll come in and give me another option.'