Injured Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey ruled out for Arsenal Premier League visit
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Norwich City's combative midfielder Alex Tettey has been ruled out with a thigh injury for Sunday's televised Premier League game against Arsenal.
Tettey returned from international duty with the injury following Norway's failed bid to reach the Euro 2016 finals next summer and missed last weekend's 1-0 league defeat at Chelsea.
Alex Neil confirmed on Thursday afternoon at Colney the 29-year-old will again sit out this weekend's action against the Gunners but captain Russell Martin returns to the squad after missing the trip to Stamford Bridge for personal reasons.
'We'll have the same squad as last week. Russell Martin was in the original squad but pulled out for family reasons at the last minute,' said Neil. 'He'll come back in but other than that Alex Tettey is not quite right for the weekend. It's not a major concern at all for us in the longer term. Alex will be fine. He won't be available for this weekend but it is not going to be something that keeps him out for too long.
'It is difficult when he goes off and plays for his country. Of course he was desperate to play in two games where Norway could have reached the finals of the European Championships. They played twice in quick succession and as we know with Al that can be an issue for him and it has proved to be the case. He picked up a niggle.
'Matt Jarvis is still a few weeks away. It depends on his recovery time now, he is active and doing some straight line running stuff so its just how quickly we can move him through the stages. Probably maybe two to three weeks from here.'
Neil also confirmed Kyle Lafferty is fit and available after being withdrawn as a precautionary measure following his goalscoring outing in the midweek 2-0 development league win over Manchester United's youngsters. The Northern Irish international stretched his groin in an awkward slip in the second half at Carrow Road.
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'Kyle is fine. I was at the game in midweek and it was actually me who decided to take him off to make sure he was okay,' said Neil. 'He hadn't played a great deal of football and after getting to the 70-minute mark when I saw him have that stretch and open up his groin a touch there was no point risking that. He scored a great goal, a fantastic goal, and that will do his confidence no harm.'