Norwich City’s Aaron Wilbraham misses out on Hull City trip

Norwich City go into Saturday's Championship match at Hull City (3pm) without striker Aaron Wilbraham, who has been ruled out for the second match in a row.

Wilbraham missed the 3-1 win over Bristol City on Monday after scoring his first goal for the club in the 3-2 win at Leicester the previous week.

'It's just a back problem, but it is a blow,' said manager Paul Lambert.

Striker Chris Martin, who has missed six matches with a hamstring problem, is still not fit to return, but a fortnight's break after the Hull game should leave him closer to a comeback.

'He's doing OK. He's been out for over a month now so I hope he's not too far away from coming back,' said Lambert.

After failing in a bid to sign �3m-rated Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith, the City boss insisted he would not bring in a new face before next week's loan deadline just for the sake of it.

'I can bring a name in for the sake of bringing somebody in but I'm not going to do it,' he said.

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The Mackail-Smith asking price was too high for the Canaries, he said.

'The club can't afford it. That's the way it goes,' he said – and was not prepared to speculate on whether he would renew his interest in the player in the close season.

'I don't know what's going to happen in the summer. I never look that far forward,' he said.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports' reported speculation on Friday morning that some of City's Championship rivals – including leaders Queens Park Rangers – are considering a shock bid for skipper Grant Holt is believed to be wide of the mark. Struggling Middlesbrough are also named.

Holt still has a year to run on his initial deal at Carrow Road, which also includes the option of a further year.

The Canaries have repeated stated they will not consider selling any of their prize assets – a bracket that certainly includes their captain.

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