Norwich City’s midfield dynamo Alex Tettey winning Ipswich fitness battle
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Alex Neil is ready to unleash key midfielder Alex Tettey on rivals Ipswich Town in Saturday's Championship play-off semi-final, first leg tie, with the Norwegian on course to win his fitness battle.
Tettey missed both the final two league games against Rotherham and Fulham to rest a knee condition, but Neil, speaking at Colney on Friday morning, revealed the midfield powerhouse is set to re-join full training today.
Steven Whittaker and Cameron Jerome are also pushing for inclusion in Neil's squad for the trip to Portman Road after recent injury concerns.
'We've got a better idea today on those boys. They will join in training this morning and at the moment we are hoping they will be fine,' said Neil. 'They have been recovering well but I want to see them take the field and get around the park. What I see in training today will determine things.
'Cameron joined in the other day so he should be fine. Everybody else is okay from Fulham, so apart from Lewis Grabban who is suspended we are looking okay.
'I have said Al is a unique player for us. He is certainly the best at the club in his role and I would go as far as to say in the division as well. I think he is that important and we are really hopeful he will make the game and if he does then it makes us stronger.
'I wouldn't have any problem throwing him back in to this type of game. Al has this condition with his knee where he doesn't train every day anyway. We have to monitor his load. He is used to maybe not doing as much as the others and then being prepared for the games. The type of player he is that won't affect his performance.'
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Neil will put the finishing touches to his battleplan today ahead of the Canaries' short trip across the border.
'I'm just excited now. Really looking forward to the game,' he said. 'We'll go through our prep today, relax tonight and then as soon as we get on Saturday morning it is about getting ourselves fully-prepared. I think we have covered everything need.
'We know exactly how we are going to go about the game.
Neil also confirmed both Josh and Jacob Murphy are eligible for consideration after returning from loan spells at Wigan and Colchester respectively. The likes of fellow loanees Michael Turner and Kyle Lafferty will not feature.
'Michael Turner was a on season-long loan that ends at the end of May, the same with Kyle Lafferty,' said Neil. 'However, Josh and Jacob are eligible as their loans were until the end of the season.'