Dieumerci Mbokani major doubt, Andre Wisdom ruled out and Norwich City boss Alex Neil sweating on ‘mystery’ injury ahead of Manchester City
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Andre Wisdom has been ruled out of Norwich City's Premier League trip to Manchester City with a knee injury and Alex Neil revealed on Friday morning he faces an anxious wait over two more of his senior men.
Dieumerci Mbokani appears set to join Wisdom on the sidelines, with the striker still suffering from the illness that kept him out of the midweek Capital One Cup tie at Everton.
Neil also disclosed he has a fresh injury concern, but declined to reveal which of his key men is a new doubt for the trip to the Etihad.
'We have another slight concern that has come in this morning but I can't tell you who that is. It is not the chef, put it that way,' said Neil. 'I am not going to say if they were involved at Everton or not but it's another worry for us.
'Mbokani is still trying to shake off the bug he had and then we've got Andre Wisdom just opened his knee up. He over-extended it. We've already got it scanned. It's a little grade one just inside his knee so you are only probably talking one to two weeks. The severity is not particularly bad but it was bad enough for him to come off the other night.'
Youssouf Mulumbu has come through his first competitive outing for the Canaries unscathed following a 70-minute run out at Goodison Park on his return from early season foot surgery. 'It would be tough for him to go again,' said Neil. 'I don't think he is capable of lasting another 90 minutes but he is certainly the type of lad who if I asked him to go and give me 60 minutes he would probably be capable of doing that. He is a naturally-fit lad, a warrior-type who is one of those that will go out and give it everything and then he is done.
'What he does do is give us an energy. Look at how he plays, he is dynamic he gets stuck in, makes a few tackles and upsets a few people. You need to have that certain steel in your team and he certainly gives us that.'
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Neil is still monitoring the players who went the full 120 minutes and penalties on Merseyside.
'It wasn't just physical, it was mental as well and keeping your concentration for as long as possible,' he said. 'We had a lot of lads who have not played much football, the likes of Gary O'Neil, Ryan Bennett and Lewis Grabban.'