Norwich City midfielder Crofts fit for festive programme

Midfielder Andrew Crofts is back in training as Norwich City prepare for the Christmas and New Year programme.

Crofts missed the 2-1 victory at Coventry with a bout of flu, but should be fit for the Championship game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday (1pm).

'He's OK, he'll be training this morning,' said manager Paul Lambert. 'There are one or two lads who were feeling it a little bit but not as severe as Crofty was.'

The Canaries were training at Carrow Road today but defender Russell Martin and forward Wes Hoolahan were not involved. Both players suffered thigh injuries at Coventry.

'They won't train until maybe later on in the week so we just have to wait and see how they are,' said Lambert.


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On-loan midfielder Henri Lansbury is fit despite suffering a knock on his ankle in the challenge that earned Coventry's Aron Gunnarsson a red card.

Full-back Adam Drury and defender Zak Whitbread are also training after calf and hamstring injuries, respectively, but Drury is unlikely to be risked just yet after more than two months on the sidelines.

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'Adam's training which is good but he's been out a long time,' said Lambert.

City will train on Christmas Day in preparation for the Palace game and travel the same evening, but Lambert admitted the training schedule was reduced slightly because of the prospect of four Championship matches in nine days.

'The lads will still be in but you don't need to train as we normally do. There are a lot of games in quick succession,' he said.

The Canaries, meanwhile, were waiting for the result of defender Leon Barnett's FA hearing today into a charge of 'improper conduct'. Barnett has served a one-match suspension for his sending-off against Portsmouth but could face a longer ban.

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