James Maddison remains in Alan Irvine’s thoughts for a Norwich City run out

James Maddison picked up a knock that ruled him out of contention for Fulham's visit.
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James Maddison picked up a knock that ruled him out of contention for Fulham's visit. Picture: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Alan Irvine knows there is a demand to blood Norwich City's youngsters over the Championship run-in.

Timm Klose is set to miss the trip to Preston with a knee injury.
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Timm Klose is set to miss the trip to Preston with a knee injury. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The Scot has promoted Alex Pritchard to the starting XI since taking temporary control but the likes of Ben Godfrey and James Maddison remain on the fringes.

Irvine revealed Maddison picked up a knock ahead of the Good Friday 3-1 defeat to Fulham but is pledging changes for a second game in three days at Preston on Easter Monday.

City's squad were in on Saturday and will be in on Sunday for training but Timm Klose is expected to be ruled out with a knee injury. The Swiss international continues to be assessed by the club's medical staff after getting his right knee trapped underneath Tomas Kalas in the first half of Friday's Carrow Road defeat. Graham Dorrans could make the travelling party if he recovers from the ankle problem suffered against Aston Villa.

'You have to look at the two games and say it would be a big ask for the same players to go again, in some cases,' said Irvine. 'I need to assess how everyone is, both in terms of the medical side but physically and mentally. We kept exactly the same squad from Reading to Fulham but that will definitely change.

'James was injured (for Fulham), unfortunately. I don't know how he will be. I only got that news on the morning of the game. I wasn't going to change the team anyway but I will see whether he is fit and available for Preston or any games going on beyond on that. He got a knock just at the end of training on Thursday and you always dread a phone call from a physio at 9:30am on the day of a game. That was the call I got and you know it is not good news.

'He wouldn't have played from the start but clearly I now need to have a look at what the best thing is moving forward. It would have been a lovely game last week (against Reading) for a young player or two to have got a little taste of it. It might not have been quite as lovely a taste against Fulham. They have to be ready. They also have to have a team around them who can help.'

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