Norwich City’s FA Cup absentees target Bournemouth return

Cameron Jerome sat out Norwich City's FA Cup defeat at Preston. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Ima

Cameron Jerome sat out Norwich City's FA Cup defeat at Preston. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Neil Adams is confident all his frontline troops will return for this week's Championship trip to leaders Bournemouth.

The City boss opted for a no-risk strategy on FA Cup duty at Preston with Lewis Grabban and Cameron Jerome added to the roll call of senior men absent against the Lilywhites.

Grabban complained of soreness in his Achilles while top scorer Jerome sat out the trip to rest an ankle complaint.

Adams revealed both had injections following on from a similar course of treatment for Swedish international Martin Olsson and midfielder Alex Tettey earlier in the week to treat persistent knee problems. With Carlos Cuellar (calf) and Elliott Bennett (hamstring) also sidelined and Vadis Ofoe just back in light training Adams was not prepared to gamble on the fitness of his senior men at Deepdale.

'Lewis had an injection in his Achilles. He has some soreness there but we are hopeful he will be back this week,' said Adams, ahead of a potential reunion against the Cherries for the striker who left in the summer. 'Jerome, same again, he had an injection in his ankle. He hasn't been too well either but he wouldn't have played because of the injection. Again he should be okay.

'When they have these injections they need three or four days for it to settle down and they are not training so you don't want to rush them back in.'

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