Norwich City duo Steven Naismith and Ryan Bennett fit for Newcastle; upbeat Nathan Redmond injury bulletin
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Ryan Bennett and Steven Naismith are both in contention for Norwich City's crucial Premier League game against Newcastle United at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Bennett missed the 1-0 win at West Brom prior to the international break but Alex Neil confirmed on Friday afternoon the centre-back has been passed fit for the Magpies' visit. Naismith withdrew from Scotland duty after feeling the hamstring injury that he suffered at Swansea City, but the midfielder is also available and Neil reported no fresh fitness concerns with the rest of his international contingent.
The City boss also delivered an upbeat bulletin on Nathan Redmond, who suffered a right ankle injury against Manchester City on March 12. The England Under-21 starlet is on target for a return, although this weekend is set to come too soon.
'Nathan (Redmond) is recovering from his ankle. He has joined back in and it will be a last minute decision whether he can play any part,' said Neil. 'I'm just a little bit concerned it might be too early for him. It's one of those ones where do you risk him for this one but potentially lose him for others if it doesn't go the way you'd like, or do you maybe delay it for a week and take it from there? We'll monitor him on Friday and take that decision afterwards.
'Ryan (Bennett) will be fine so he comes back into the fold. Steven went into West Brom with a hamstring and then he was on the bench, came on for 15 minutes, and felt it was a bit tight. He wasn't going to do himself or Scotland any favours going up there with a tight hamstring.
'I don't think he would have been available and he would have jeopardised himself for a longer period. He is fine for this weekend. The first week off was about getting him right and this week has been about getting him back out on the pitch. All the international boys came back fine. There were no issues. At the moment Alex (Tettey) is out for the season but other than Nathan we are fine.'