Korey Smith ruled out of Leeds clash

Midfielder Korey Smith is definitely ruled out of Norwich City's sell-out Championship match at home to Leeds United tomorrow.

The 19-year-old is suffering from an ankle injury, the legacy of a heavy challenge by Reading's Jem Karacan at the end of last Saturday's 3-3 draw, and is out of the eagerly-awaited clash at Carrow Road (3pm).

With fellow midfielder Matthew Gill also sidelined by a calf injury he sustained in his brief appearance as a substitute at the Madejski Stadium, manager Paul Lambert's playing resources are stretched more than ever.

Defender Michael Nelson and midfielder Andrew Surman both featured in a behind-closed-doors reserve game against Ipswich this week, but are not ready to return to senior action, while full-back Adam Drury is still out with a calf injury.

Lambert revealed today that he was trying to sign a midfielder on loan in time for tomorrow's game but admitted it was 'more unlikely than likely to happen'.


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At least skipper Grant Holt is available after his red card at Reading was rescinded at an FA hearing on Tuesday.

'It was the right decision to overturn it and I'm sure it will be a boost to the whole team,' said Lambert.

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'But whatever team I pick tomorrow will give me absolutely everything.

'That's for sure. They're playing well enough and I don't have any worry.

'I know what team I'll play and I know what the bench will be.

'I'm inquiring about somebody but whether I can do it, we'll have to wait and see,' he said.

The Leeds game will bring a 26,300 crowd to Carrow Road, an all-seater record for the stadium.

'The crowd will make the game,' said Lambert. 'They'll come in their thousands and it's got the makings of a great game. They're playing really well and there's nothing in it.'

The visitors, who have taken 10 points from the last four matches, are expected to recall Argentine striker Luciano Becchio to the starting line-up after he scored a hat-trick as a substitute against Bristol City last week.

Meanwhile, Lambert, who had until today to respond to an FA charge of improper conduct relating to the Reading game, would not comment on his response but said he had consulted the League Managers' Association about the charge.

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