Martin Olsson plays through the pain barrier in Norwich City’s promotion crusade

Norwich City defender Martin Olsson tumbles under a challenge from Nottingham Forest's Chris Burke w

Norwich City defender Martin Olsson tumbles under a challenge from Nottingham Forest's Chris Burke which earned the hosts a penalty. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Martin Olsson played through the pain barrier to bolster Norwich City's Championship promotion push but Alex Neil does not want the Swedish international to take any chances on Euro2016 duty.

Olsson is part of Sweden's squad for Friday's qualifier in Moldova but Neil insisted City must assess the shoulder injury which threatened to curtail his pivotal role in the 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest.

The 26-year-old has had shoulder trouble in the past and Neil confirmed Olsson needed treatment prior to kick-off before appearing to aggravate the problem in the early skirmishes. Neil is not prepared to gamble with Olsson's fitness ahead of a crucial league run-in.

'If it is a problem that is going to stop him playing or it is sore then obviously that is something we will need to have a look at,' said Neil.

'I thought he was fantastic. He made the goal for Cameron (Jerome) and was involved in the penalty and his marauding runs up and down the left were great.

'There was a wee issue with his shoulder just before the game but, credit to Martin, he sort of preserved and got on with it. To be honest I think he was looking for me to take him off but I just sort of turned a blind eye, ignored him, and kidded on I didn't see him.

'I had options, Alex (Tettey) could quite easily fill in at full-back and Steven Whittaker switch to the opposite side and there was other various scenarios with the bench we had.

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'We were always going to be covered in that respect, regardless; you could also put Russ Martin to right-back and Carlos Cuellar to centre-back.

'I knew what I would have done but Martin has that natural left foot which gives us the balance and with him bombing on in the second half we would have lost that if he came off in the game.'

Bradley Johnson was another of the walking wounded but Neil expects the teak-tough midfielder to recover from the ankle knock that curtailed his afternoon, with the benefit of some rest over the international break.

'Bradley was more precautionary than anything else,' said Neil. 'I think it is a good thing we have a couple of weeks break. He is a hardy bit of stuff so I am sure he will be okay, he just got a bang on his left ankle.'

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