Norwich City’s top scorer Cameron Jerome passed fit for Wigan test
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Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome is in contention for Wednesday's Championship test against struggling Wigan despite his late derby exit with a foot injury.
The Canaries' top scorer has trained without any problems since Sunday's 2-0 league win over Ipswich and City boss Alex Neil confirmed at Colney on Tuesday afternoon Jerome is firmly in his plans.
Belgian international midfielder Vadis Ofoe is also in the squad, with Neil opting not to play him in a scheduled Premier League International Cup tie against Porto on Wednesday afternoon.
The likes of Elliott Bennett (hamstring), Ryan Bennett and Gary O'Neil (toe) will not be involved against the Latics and midfielder Alex Tettey serves the first of a two-game ban for reaching 10 cautions.
'We have a big squad and so far I think I have only named two consecutive similar line ups. It is something I will have to consider, but whether I freshen it up or not for Wigan you'll have to see,' said Neil. 'Cam came off late in the game and there was quite a bit of concern but he trained on Monday and we had another session today so he should be in contention for Wigan. The squad hasn't really change beyond that.
'Alex Tettey is suspended of course and none of the other lads who weren't available at the weekend will feature. Vadis could play in that under-21s game but he won't do. He will be in our squad. It's unfortunate he wasn't on the bench Sunday. I just thought he wasn't quite ready but he needs minutes on the pitch now, however, I feel I can use him as well so he might be involved.'
Neil admits the mood in the camp could not be better after a sixth straight win moved them within three points of the top ahead of the latest round of midweek league fixtures.
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'We are confident and in good place,' he said. 'We are playing well, we have the momentum and we have deservedly won the games. We're looking forward to the challenges ahead. We've got the basic ingredient, which is hard work, and I have really intelligent players who take information on board and produce it on the field.
'Wigan is going to be another difficult test and they're going to have to make sure they're up for the task. We've got to be on the top of our game, on top of our form, and to work extremely hard. If we do that, we've got enough about the squad to make sure that we're successful between now and the end of the season.'