Norwich City’s Ryan Bennett a major injury doubt for West Brom Premier League test; Nathan Redmond out for ‘weeks’
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Ryan Bennett faces a race against time to prove his fitness for Norwich City's crucial Premier League trip to West Brom on Saturday.
Alex Neil confirmed at Colney on Friday lunchtime Bennett had not trained all week, although the Scot refused to disclose the nature of the centre-back's injury. The news comes on top of Neil confirming Nathan Redmond had been ruled out for 'weeks' after rolling his ankle in the 0-0 Premier League draw against Manchester City.
Alex Tettey has already been ruled out for the season but Neil expects Redmond to return over the run-in. On a positive note, Robbie Brady is pushing for a recall at the Hawthorns after his calf injury but Steven Naismith (hamstring) is another doubt.
'Robbie has done a couple of sessions this week so he should be fine. Steven has joined in, but to a lesser extent,' said Neil. 'Nathan is not available this weekend and Ryan Bennett is a doubt at the moment. Alex is out for the season but we hope the rest of the boys will be okay.
'I can't tell you what the injury is with Ryan other than to say he is a doubt and he hasn't trained all week so it will be touch and go. It would be a blow in the sense that we just kept a clean sheet and Ryan was a big part of that and if I am being honest I would like to have kept that back four together. That is a disappointing factor for us.'
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Neil is confident Redmond will return for the closing stages of Norwich's survival bid, with the City boss not considering any recalls for the likes of Jacob or Josh Murphy.
'Nathan will definitely play a part in the season. It is not going to rule him out, it isn't something that requires urgent intervention. It just requires maybe a case of time, healing and getting him back to speed,' said Neil. 'He doesn't need surgery. He just rolled his ankle and it is about getting it back to 100pc so I expect he will be out for the best part of a few weeks. Nathan is a key player. There is no question about that. In terms of individual talent he is certainly one of our most talented so he will be a big loss.
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'I haven't thought about recalling players. We have more than enough cover in those wide areas just now. I have Matt Jarvis, Robbie Brady, Vadis Odjidja can play in that area of the pitch, Jonny Howson has played in a wider right role. It is not something I would rule out if I thought the loan lads could do a better job than the ones here but at this point in time I don't think it is necessary.'