Norwich City’s Kyle Lafferty is an injury doubt for Nottingham Forest clash

Norwich City's Kyle Lafferty aggravated a hip problem in the Championship defeat at Middlesborugh. P

Norwich City's Kyle Lafferty aggravated a hip problem in the Championship defeat at Middlesborugh. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty is a fresh injury concern for the Canaries' Championship trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Lafferty was withdrawn in the second half of Tuesday's 4-0 league defeat at Middlesbrough and City boss Neil Adams confirmed at Colney on Thursday morning the club's medical staff are monitoring a hip problem.

Adams has no other new injury worries but the manager reiterated he is prepared to ring the changes in a bid to pep up the Canaries after a dire display on Teesside.

'Kyle Lafferty has a hip flexor problem,' he said. 'He was a little bit sore at half-time and we took him off in the second half with that in mind. Whether or not he is available for the weekend is probably something we decide tomorrow (Friday). Other than that nothing that is going to keep anyone out who was involved on Tuesday.

'Certainly it is an opportunity to look at it (making changes). There are defeats and then there is Tuesday, which wasn't good enough, and the first time we really didn't deserve to get anything. I said that on the night and I haven't changed my mind.'

Ryan Bennett is not under consideration for the trip to the City Ground or Thursday afternoon's development league game at Colney against West Ham's Under-21s as he steps up his recovery from ankle surgery. Adams also revealed the likes of Carlos Cuellar, Ignasi Miquel or Jos Hooiveld will also not be on duty against the Hammers.

'No, Ryan is not quite ready for that,' he said. 'He has stepped up his training in the last week or so and he is not far away now so we are hoping he will be involved after the international break. He is not far away. We won't be using any of the lads on the fringes of the first team squad today, on the basis we may need them Saturday. It's a little bit close this game to the weekend. I know they could play 35 or 45 minutes but it is a chance to let the under-21s play and keep the senior squad together for what we may need on Saturday.'

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Adams provided an update on longer term injury absentees Vadis Ofoe (knee) and Luciano Becchio (heel). City's Belgian international is unlikely to require surgery on the ligament damage suffered on his first league start at Sheffield Wednesday last month.

'I don't think he is going to have the surgery,' said Adams. 'He went to see the specialist last Thursday and that was the decision they came to. The good thing with recovery injuries you don't have to make early decisions. He is still in the protective boot but that was the initial call and he will rehab in the normal way. With Luciano, it's a very similar decision. He has had a week off but he is back with us now, he is still on his crutches and in the protective boot and he will now rehab here with us from what was a freak injury.'