Norwich City hopeful Youssouf Mulumbu will shake off thigh strain to cover for suspended Alex Tettey at Wigan

Alex Tettey, pictured battling with Cardiff midfielder Joe Ralls, picked up his 10th booking of the

Alex Tettey, pictured battling with Cardiff midfielder Joe Ralls, picked up his 10th booking of the season during Norwich City's 1-0 at Cardiff City Stadium and is now banned for two games. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Tettey's 10th yellow card of the season has activated the two-game ban which has been looming over the Norwich City midfielder since early January.

The Norway international had been desperate to avoid the suspension, with Youssouf Mulumbu away at the African Cup of Nations and fellow central midfielders Graham Dorrans (knee) and Louis Thompson (Achilles tendon) out injured.

Mulumbu returned last week but wasn't included on the bench at Cardiff on Saturday due to a thigh strain but is likely to be needed at Wigan on Tuesday night.

'We hope so,' City boss Alex Neil said of the midfielder's potential return. 'It will probably be touch and go with Youssouf because he's not quite ready, hence the reason why he wasn't here.'

Steve Naismith also missed the 1-0 win in Wales with a hamstring strain and remains an injury doubt.


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Neil added: 'He'll be the same as Youssouf, touch and go.'

Neil's team are looking to follow up their first away win in over four months with success at lowly Wigan but Neil expects another tough test.

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'If you look at this game, there's no easy games in this league, you're going to have to work extremely hard,' he continued.

'Our boys were dead on their feet at the end of the game, they really did put a lot into the match, as did Cardiff's players.

'So we're going to have to be on it and if we're not I'm sure it's going to be a difficult evening.'

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