Norwich City duo Kyle Lafferty and Josh Murphy set to be fit for Championship trip to Fulham
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Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty is expected to recover from a swollen knee suffered on international duty to be included in the squad for Saturday's Championship trip to Fulham.
Northern Irish international Lafferty scored twice in the Euro2016 qualifying wins over the Faroe Islands and Greece but has returned to Colney with a minor knee injury.
Lafferty sat out training on Thursday but City boss Neil Adams confirmed at Colney he is expected to be fit for the return to league action at Craven Cottage. Josh Murphy has also been passed fit after pulling out of the England Under-20 to rest a heel injury.
'Kyle is confident he'll be fine and so are the physios, he's the only real one (with a potential issue) from the players that went away,' said Adams. 'Josh is back out with us - I asked him the other day and he said it's still a little bit sore. I think it's right that he said that and doesn't try and hide things, but he's okay and he'll train with us Thursday and Friday as planned.'
Centre-back Ryan Bennett has had the all-clear to resume light training after visiting a specialist in London earlier this week after early season ankle surgery following an injury in the Championship derby win at Ipswich.
'Ryan is just about to start his running now, which is great news because once they're out there they're always on the final straight then,' said Adams. 'It's then a case of getting him right, getting him back to full fitness and then back in the squad.'
Striker Luciano Becchio is back at Colney with City's medical staff now assessing the extent of his fractured heel suffered in a training match at loan club Rotherham last week.
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'It's terrible for him,' said Adams. 'He is a great lad and he had got himself really fit up there. They had him working on a really good fitness regime, he was in the team, scored a couple of goals and it is a freak injury. I have not come across it before in football, to the back of his heel, so he is out for a considerable amount of time.
'You would have to ask the physios the exact timescale but it is a couple of months rather a couple of weeks. He is back here and he will do his rehab. There is not a lot they can do so soon after the injury. He is in the protective boot.'
Milers' boss Steve Evans is not ruling out a return for Becchio, who is scheduled to be on loan until January.
'He's had a CT scan which is as much detail as a consultant will want,' he said. 'We think it is going to be towards December if not into January before Luciano is back available to play football, which is a shame because we worked hard to get him in the type of shape we wanted him. We hope to see him in a Millers shirt if he is back available and fit because he is our player until the end of his loan spell.
'A lot of his rehabilitation will be done here after they make the decision what happens to him. There are two consultants having two current views at this moment in time, but there will be a senior consultant appointed by Norwich and he will make a decision whether it is an operation or just time.
'Either way it will be not before Christmas time until we see him available. I think we will know in the next 24 hours whether he goes under the knife or whether he just has to rest it. The consultants are the experts and they make the decision.'