Gill looks set to rejoin Norwich City squad

Norwich City midfielder Matty Gill looks poised to return to the Canaries when his initial one month loan stint at Peterborough ends this weekend.

Gill re-joined his first club last month after the League One promotion contenders were hit with a spate of injuries to key midfielders. The 29-year-old has featured four times for Gary Johnson's side but was omitted for Posh's most recent 5-4 London Road league win over Swindon.

Regular midfield duo Grant McCann and Lee Frecklington both returned for United's high-scoring win over the Robins and Johnson admitted he is looking to restrict the number of loan players in his squad.

'We have a new group of players here who get on well. We are second in the table and yet we know we can improve with the squad we already have,' he said. 'I'm always wary of taking players on short-term loans because you can never be sure of the impact they will have on dressing room morale.'

Gill's impending return could provide timely short-term cover for Paul Lambert with Stephen Hughes (ankle) joining Andrew Surman (knee) on the injured list this week whilst Tom Adeyemi and Owain Tudur Jones are also still out on loan.


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Meanwhile, Gill's former Norwich team mate Cody McDonald is expected to shake off a calf problem to return for Gillingham's League Two clash this weekend against Torquay.

McDonald, on a season long loan at the Gills as part of the deal that brought Simeon Jackson to Carrow Road, missed the goalless draw at title-chasing Port Vale after notching three goals in his previous four games.

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Gills' boss Andy Hessenthaler is hopeful both McDonald and fellow frontman Bayo Akinfenwa will be available if they can prove their fitness over the next few days.

'I don't know whether he (Bayo) will be fit enough to start, it may be that we start him on the bench,' said Hessenthaler. 'I'm hopeful that he will be included in some way, shape or form but we will wait and see how he feels in himself. It's a similar situation with Cody too.

'He hasn't trained yet this week but we're hopeful that he will be available to train on Thursday. It will be a similar scenario in that the player needs to let me know how he's feeling. Both of them have only missed one game, so their fitness levels won't have suffered. We'll see how they come on and take it from there.'

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