Fitness worries for Norwich City duo Josh Murphy and Kyle Lafferty ahead of Charlton clash

Josh Murphy of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

Josh Murphy of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Josh Murphy and Kyle Lafferty are the two main fitness worries for Norwich City manager Neil Adams ahead of the visit of Charlton Athletic to Carrow Road on Tuesday night.

Kyle Lafferty of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Capital One Cup match at Greenhous Meadow, Sh

Kyle Lafferty of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Capital One Cup match at Greenhous Meadow, Shrewsbury. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Young winger Murphy scored his first league goal for City on Saturday, wrapping up a 3-1 victory at Blackpool with a classy low finish from the edge of the penalty area after coming on as a substitute.

Lafferty played 79 minutes of the 1-0 loss at Shrewsbury Town in the third round of the Capital One Cup last Tuesday but was left out of the squad at Blackpool.

Now Adams says both will be assessed late before tomorrow night's 7.45pm Championship clash with the Addicks, who are unbeaten in the league so far this season.

'Josh Murphy has a sore heel,' Adams revealed. 'He had a scan on it, pleasingly no damage but it's a little bit sore on it. He picked an injury up in the previous game.

Norwich midfielder Vadis Odjidja made his senior debut in the Capital One Cup trip to Shrewsbury. Pi

Norwich midfielder Vadis Odjidja made his senior debut in the Capital One Cup trip to Shrewsbury. Picture: Nigel French/PA Wire. - Credit: PA


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'I think he'll be okay, he hasn't trained today because of soreness. I can't be 100 per cent, he'll come in in the morning and we'll have a look at him.

'He's pretty confident, wild horses aren't going to stop him after Saturday. We've just got to check him because it's okay saying it but if you start running about and he feels soreness then it might be a different story.

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'The only other one is Kyle Lafferty, who's sick and hasn't trained today. Sickness you're hoping is only a 24-hour thing, we'll have a look in the morning, but hasn't trained today.'

The Canaries chief also revealed that Belgian summer signing Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe and striker Gary Hooper will play in the club's Barclays Under-21 Premier League game at Southampton this evening.

The duo also started the defeat at Shrewsbury, being substituted midway through the second half. Odjidja-Ofoe was an unused substitute at Bloomfield Road while Hooper, making his way back from a calf injury, came in for criticism after posting pictures on Twitter of his day out at the Ryder Cup golf in Scotland.

Adams played down the fuss by insisting Hooper had been given the day off but now is looking for the duo to start pushing hard for full fitness at the Premier League club's St Mary's stadium tonight.

'Gary Hooper and Vadis Ofoe are playing tonight, at 7 o'clock the game is tonight,' Adams said. 'They need 90 minutes them two so we'll try and get them 90 minutes and get them up to speed, up to match fitness, so they'll definitely start.'

However Adams also said that didn't mean the duo were ruled out for the Charlton clash, adding: 'No not necessarily, people would assume that, obviously you couldn't do that every week, you couldn't play a Monday night and then Tuesday, but as a one-off, I don't know how the game is going to go.

'But certainly I wouldn't rule them out. They come back, have a few hours in bed and if they're ready to go, then they go again.'

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