Norwich City defender Martin Olsson passed fit for Watford test
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Norwich City defender Martin Olsson is available for the Canaries' Championship trip to Watford after recovering from a calf injury that forced him off in the closing stages of last weekend's 2-0 league win over Wolves.
City boss Alex Neil revealed at Colney on Friday Olsson had missed two days training but is now firmly in the mix for the test at Vicarage Road.
Fit-again central defender Ryan Bennett is not in contention for the Hornets but is poised to re-join the first team squad on Sunday. Elliott Bennett (hamstring), Gary O'Neil (toe) and Vadis Ofoe all miss out this weekend.
The Belgian international played his second consecutive 90-minutes in the midweek development league win over Manchester City's Under-21s as he works his way back to fitness from knee ligament damage.
'Vadis played 90 minutes on Wednesday and it is just a case of getting him in a situation where he can play consistently,' said Neil. 'He really has had an injury-hit season and what happens is then you go in for a game or two and then you have to come back out, like what happened at Sheffield Wednesday. They have to be able to handle the intensity, the power and the movement and we are trying to re-create that at development level so we don't want to push him in too quickly. He has missed a lot of football.
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'Martin Olsson should be fine. He just had a tight calf last weekend after about 60 minutes but sometimes you have to take a wee gamble and a risk and bearing what was at stake in the game we did that. That prevented him training for a couple of days but he should be fine for the weekend. It has died down a lot. 'Ryan has done a lot this week and will join in with the first team squad on Sunday building up to next week. He is in good nick, no reaction from his hamstring, and his workload has increased significantly and he has been fine. Elliott we are still monitoring him. His hamstring has not cleared up and it's an on-going process until he is pain-free. That applies to Gary.'
New West Brom loan signing Graham Dorrans is available to make his Norwich debut against Watford after completing his short term move until March 22.
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'I have known him for the best part of 10 years, not personally, but as a player. I played against him when he was at Livingston and he has done exceptionally well since he came down to England,' said Neil. 'Last time in the Championship I think he scored 18 goals and he was player-of-the-season and a Scotland international as well so he has that pedigree. At the moment it is an initial month loan. Potentially we can look at extending that.
'Yes, he is available (for Watford). He was here Wednesday when we worked on the tactical side of things and he is an intelligent player. Generally with those lads who are more off-the-cuff you tell them once or twice and they grasp it and can carry it out. The type of player he is, because he is an offensive type player, you don't want to limit and restrict them too much. I want him to express himself.'