Fit-again Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey is in the mix for Wigan Premier League trip
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Norwich's combative midfielder Alex Tettey is back in contention for Saturday's Premier League trip to Wigan.
City chief Chris Hughton confirmed at Carrow Road on Thursday afternoon the tough-tackling Norwegian international will be in the travelling party after missing the club's last four top flight matches to rest a knee complaint. Fellow midfielder Anthony Pilkington will not be risked after damaging his hamstring in the recent goalless draw at home to Southampton, but Hughton revealed City's international contingent have returned unscathed. Russell Martin pulled out of Scotland's trip to Serbia in midweek with a hamstring injury, but the full-back was back in training at Carrow Road on Thursday.
'Russell is okay,' said Hughton. 'Although it was a hamstring problem, in effect it was coming from his back. It is something that Russell has had before. Generally he is able to manage it quite well but he is okay and he trained this morning which is the first time since he pulled out of the Scotland squad. The good news is Alex is back and training this week and he comes into contention. Anthony will still be out for Wigan, but hopefully back for Swansea.'
England international John Ruddy also re-joined full training on Thursday for the first time since undergoing thigh surgery before Christmas. Hughton has earmarked the club's upcoming development games to ease Ruddy back into playing action. Jed Steer will be on the bench at Wigan with Lee Camp deputising for the suspended Mark Bunn.
'The process now with John is to get him up to speed. He would need certainly a few games at development level before we could consider him,' said Hughton, with City's development squad poised to host Reading's U21s at Colney on Easter Monday. 'What we do have is an issue with Mark Bunn missing the Wigan game, but that is why we brought in someone with the experience of Lee Camp. It is a situation we are very happy with. On an occasion where it is disappointing for Mark, who was in good form at the moment, it is great for us that we have someone we can call on in Lee.'
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Back-up striker Simeon Jackson was heavily linked with a potential loan move to Championship promotion hopefuls Brighton, but Hughton insisted none of his players will be leaving ahead of the final few hours of Thursday's emergency loan window. Midfielder Jacob Butterfield has returned to Norwich after his latest Crystal Palace loan stint.
'I'm not expecting anyone to go out,' said Hughton. 'Brighton have made enquiries (for Simeon). Not only them but a few clubs and we have had enquiries for some of our other players. We have had interest in our players but we have to make sure we do what is right here and that is to leave ourselves with the best possible squad for this final part of the season.
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'We have been very fortunate in that we haven't had too many injuries but we all know what can happen. We have had enquiries but no-one will be going out. Jacob is back and he'll stay here now. I would have to say he has come back quite sharp even though we are a little disappointed he didn't get to play the games we would perhaps have liked at Palace. It was good for him to be in a different environment and training with a different team.'