Paul Lambert waiting on Norwich City duo

Paul Lambert is hoping a couple of sore bodies take advantage of the extra preparation time ahead of Norwich City's televised Championship clash with Bristol City on Monday night (7.45pm).

Centre-back Zak Whitbread and match-winner Aaron Wilbraham both battled through the pain barrier – with rib and back injuries respectively – to secure City's excellent 3-2 win at play-off hopefuls Leicester City on Tuesday, but could yet miss out on the Robins' visit to Carrow Road.

'There are a couple of knocks but we've still got time so see how they are so we'll just wait and see,' said Canaries manager Lambert, speaking at Carrow Road on Friday morning.

'The two of them are still pretty sore at the minute so we'll see how they are. I don't know (if they're doubtful for Monday), it's still to early to say if they are going to be fit or not.

'Aaron was probably worse than Zak, out of the two of them. But they're proper lads, that's the great thing about them. They want to try and do it, they came through the game (on Tuesday) and I thought the two of them were excellent.'


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Striker Chris Martin remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, but Simon Lappin is close to a return after recovering from having his appendix removed.

Lambert added: 'Simon is doing really fine at the minute. He's training now, he was in the squad on Tuesday – we took him up there – so he's doing OK.'

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Bristol City were bottom of the Championship when Norwich completed a comfortable 3-0 at Ashton Gate at the start of October, thanks to Simeon Jackson's brace and Wes Hoolahan's penalty.

However, the Robins will arrive at Carrow Road looking for a fifth consecutive win after recovering to the relative comfort of midtable.

Monday night's match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports One from 7.30pm.

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