McKenzie in with a shout’ for Sunday
CHRIS WISE Norwich City striker Leon McKenzie has a chance of ending an injury-plagued season on a high note.
Norwich City striker Leon McKenzie has a chance of ending an injury-plagued season on a high note.
The fans' favourite is making a steady recovery from the hip injury that has sidelined him for three matches - and could return to action in the Canaries' final match of the season against Wolves.
Manager Nigel Worthington looks certain to revert to a 4-4-2 formation at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon, after using Robert Earnshaw as a lone striker at Cardiff last week, and if he maintains his present progress McKenzie could well be the man to partner the in-form Welshman.
"Leon is back in training and has a little bit of a shout of being in contention," said the Norwich City boss.
If McKenzie, right, doesn't make it then Worthington's will have the choice of giving youngster Ryan Jarvis another chance to impress or handing on-loan Charlton man Jonatan Johansson his first start since the 2-0 defeat at Burnley over a month ago.
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Worthington has a long list of absentees as the season draws to a close, with defender Jason Shackell among those who will be missing after undergoing minor surgery on his ankle this week.
"Jason's operation went well but it's going to be pre-season before we see him or Youssef Safri," he said.
Michael Spillane's chances of a fourth senior appearance have been dashed by an ankle injury, while striker Peter Thorne has had wisdom teeth removed and will not figure either.
With Shackell and Spillane both out of contention there's a good chance that club captain Craig Fleming will partner Gary Doherty in the centre of defence at the weekend, with Jurgen Colin getting another chance to impress at right-back.