Norwich City hitman Lewis Grabban is winning his fitness battle to return for the Championship promotion push
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Norwich City striker Lewis Grabban is back in light training after his ankle surgery.
Canaries' chief Alex Neil delivered an upbeat injury bulletin at Colney on Thursday morning on the frontman, who had scored five goals in five games, before suffering an ankle injury in the 2-0 Championship derby win over Ipswich on March 1.
City may have missed out on bringing in a loan striker in Grabban's absence but the Scot is optimistic the 27-year-old will return to play some part in the club's Premier League promotion push.
Ryan Bennett is part of the squad for the Good Friday trip to Brighton and Elliott Bennett is also back in first team training but will not be considered against his old club.
Midfielder Bradley Johnson is also fit and available after suffering a severely bruised foot in the 3-1 league win over Nottingham Forest prior to the international break.
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Neil confirmed his international contingent had returned with no fresh injury concerns as City gear up for the final push.
'Lewis is back running, which is great news, probably slightly ahead of schedule,' he said. 'He has been doing that and it is just a case of cranking that up now and seeing how much his body can tolerate now. Any manager would want to add to your options if you could, especially with Lewis out. If he was available then I think we would be well covered. The fact he is making significant progress and probably quicker than we anticipated is good news. Hopefully it will only be a limited time before we have Lewis available.
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'Elliott Bennett has joined in training for the last day and a half but he has not quite done sufficient enough work to be involved in the squad (for Brighton). Ryan Bennett has played a few development matches and been involved for the past two or three weeks so he will part of the squad travelling down to Brighton.
'With the international boys the one thing you are always worried about is they might come back with some niggles or knocks or anything of that sort. Fortunately for us that is not the case. It was a bit tense watching them when they were away but to be honest you could pick up an injury in a training session here. I would have crossed that bridge if it came but I am pleased the international break is all over.'