Norwich City’s Robbie Brady passed fit for crunch Aston Villa Premier League trip; Patrick Bamford in the squad
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Robbie Brady has handed Norwich City a fitness boost ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Aston Villa after returning to the fold following a sickness bug.
The Republic of Ireland international and Scottish midfielder Graham Dorrans both missed the midweek 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham with a bug, but Brady is now back in training.
Alex Neil confirmed at Colney on Friday morning Dorrans is still likely to miss out but he has no fresh injury concerns. Alex Tettey starts the first of a two-match ban for picking up 10 bookings but Gary O'Neil returns after serving his suspension.
Patrick Bamford is also in the squad following his recent loan move from Chelsea.
'Injury-wise we should be okay on that front. Graham I don't think unfortunately is going to make it,' said Neil. 'The virus is still taking its toll on him. I am not quite convinced he will be available. Robbie has been in the last couple of days so he looks like he has fully recovered.
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'Patrick is in the squad so he comes into contention. He a left-footer, which is different to what we have, his movement off the ball and his finishing are very good. I spoke to him in the summer after the back of a good season. We discussed the prospect of him coming to join us but at that stage he opted to join Crystal Palace. Once that came to an end it was something we re-ignited. The good thing he is here now.'
Neil has reiterated he expects no hangover from a mauling against Spurs.
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'That was a one-off game against the form team in the league and I felt within the game we were not on the end of the key decisions. That didn't lose us the game but it doesn't help either,' said Neil. 'With the importance of the game at Villa it won't have any bearing. It is a big game but we have had a lot of them this season. Every game after this one gets bigger, it snowballs. Regardless of where you are in the table.'
Neil's focus is firmly on picking up a first win since beating Southampton on January 2, but the likes of Kyle Lafferty continue to be strongly tipped for an exit when the Football League emergency loan window opens next week.
'I'll be honest. I have not even thought about it,' said Neil. 'That will only be the case depending on who comes in and what they are prepared to offer. What tends to happen is teams come in with cheeky bids where they want to pay half the player's wages and we are going to fund the rest. That is not going to happen.'