Norwich City boss Alex Neil has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Nottingham Forest; Ryan Bennett set for Fulham development test
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Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett will not be involved in this weekend's Championship test against Nottingham Forest with the centre back poised to play 90 minutes in Friday's development run out at Fulham.
Alex Neil confirmed at Colney on Friday afternoon he had no fresh injury worries following the midweek 2-2 league draw at Huddersfield. Carlton Morris is also part of the development squad set to face the Cottagers this evening but Jamar Loza and Vadis Ofoe are in Neil's first team plans for Forest's visit.
Lewis Grabban remains a longer term injury absentee after ankle surgery but midfielder Elliott Bennett could return to first team training over the international break following a hamstring injury.
'Ryan Bennett will hopefully get his second 90 minutes under his belt today,' said Neil. 'Carlton Morris will play at Fulham as well. Jamar did well in the game the other night. Previous to that I thought Carlton was showing more but Jamar has upped his game and was rightly involved. Vadis will be in the first team squad.
'None of the squad that was involved on Tuesday are carrying any knocks or niggles. Obviously Lewis Grabban is still out with his ankle injury. They are fine. Its just Elliott Bennett, who has upped his rehab and will be joining in with the squad probably over the course of the international break.'
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Neil knows what is at stake against the Reds at Carrow Road this weekend after losing further ground on their promotion rivals in midweek.
'We go into it in a positive frame of mind and hoping to play as well as we can. If we can do that, we've got more than enough to win the game,' he said. 'Forest come here in good form and I think they're a good side. They've got power and pace, but so had other teams that came here. Wolves were in good form and they had power and pace, and we dealt with that. Hopefully we can put as good a performance on in this game.'
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''The prize is that big that we need to ensure we go and force home that dominance we're having in certain games. Saturday is crucial for us and we need to make sure we approach it in the right manner.
'I'm a big believer in that if you performances are good enough over the course of the season, you'll get what you deserve. Hopefully performance-wise it will be good, then there's no reason why we can't go on and get the three points.'