Norwich City boss Lambert ready for the battle ahead

Paul Lambert is confident Norwich will rise to the occasion on their Premier League return at Wigan this weekend.

Lambert told the assembled media on Friday morning City will relish the chance to sparkle in the top flight this season.

'The lads are as ready as they will ever be,' he said. 'Hopefully we will be a credit to ourselves to try to go and win games. 'It is the unknown we are going into, and it is the same for Wigan - they do not know how we will play. We will just have to wait and see, but we have to learn very quickly to adjust. There is no turning back now, because we are on it. The last two years have been great but they are in the past.

'The prestige is great for everybody connected with the club and we will just have to see how it goes.'

Lambert is ruling out any stage fright on their big day at the DW Stadium in front of a huge travelling support.

'I am just the same. It is not going to change me as a person, that is for sure,' he said. 'I am not nervous at all, I am looking forward to it all, the atmosphere will be great with Norwich taking 4,500 fans up there. It is new for us and the players, but we have earned the right to play them so we will give it a go.'

Russell Martin (calf) and Andrew Crofts (ankle) have both returned to training after missing the final pre-season tune up against Parma. Elliott Ward and James Vaughan are definitely ruled out for the trip to the north-west with ankle injuries.

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'I know the team that will play and when we get there the lads themselves will know,' said Lambert. 'Russell Martin doesn't seem too bad. He trained for the first time yesterday and if there is no reaction then we'll see how he is. Anthony (Pilkington) probably needs a bit more time but he has done really well these last few games. Crofty trained yesterday as well for the first time and so we'll just see how he is. As long as nothing happens this morning they'll travel up.'