Norwich City boss Alex Neil reveals injury concerns for Rotherham trip
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Norwich City boss Alex Neil faces an anxious wait before settling on his starting line up for Saturday's crucial Championship trip to relegation-threatened Rotherham.
Neil confirmed prior to training on Friday morning he had injury concerns over some of his squad after a gruelling fixture spell that culminated in last week's 1-0 home defeat to promotion rivals Middlesbrough.
'There are a few bumps and bruises but none of them will be determined until this morning because quite a few of them are going to have a go (at training) and we'll see from there,' he said. 'We have a few niggles and that three games in six days or so has been a tough ask for a few of them.'
Neil is ruling out any hangover from the Teessiders' loss and insists Norwich still believe a top two spot is up for grabs. City head to Rotherham in fourth, three points behind leaders Watford and two points behind second-placed Bournemouth.
'We are looking forward to this game and we expect a strong response. Yes, of course we can still go up in the top two,' he said. 'There are two games left and certainly the result at Bournemouth last weekend gave the rest of the challengers that hope anything is possible. What we want to guard against is we have two left and if we don't win those, and others slip up, the last thing you want to be looking at is dropped points when if we had won them we would have got over the line.
'That is something we don't want to be facing. No-one really felt Sheffield Wednesday would get anything at Bournemouth but they did and they are a good side and there a few of them left.
'There is pressure on teams who are in touching distance and it is how the individuals cope with that and the opponents perform as well.'
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• Neil confirmed on Friday morning City youngster Louis Thompson could make a return from shoulder surgery to feature in Swindon's League One potential play-off campaign.
Thompson has not played for his hometown club since February 28, but with Mark Cooper's side set for the play-offs, Neil will be guided by the midfielder.
The 20-year-old has spent time at Colney as part of his rehab and is poised to link up with his parent club in the summer after signing for the Canaries on the final day of the January transfer window before being loaned back to the County Ground.
'I have spoken to Louis. He had an operation on his shoulder, he is getting treatment on that and it is something of course we will keep an eye on,' said Neil. 'If he is sort of fit, available and ready then I don't see any issues with him playing but he is going to have to make sure. We will certainly not be putting him under any undue pressure to go and get involved if he is not right.'