Quintet closest to earning City accolade

Norwich City have revealed the names of five players leading the race for the club's Player of the Season Award. Gary Doherty - the 2006 winner - goalkeeper Fraser Forster, leading scorer Grant Holt, midfield magician Wes Hoolahan and Academy product Korey Smith are all in the running to pick up the prestigious Barry Butler Memorial Trophy, with the winner being announced before kick-off at the final home game of the season, against Carlisle on May 8.

Norwich City have revealed the names of five players leading the race for the club's Player of the Season Award.

Gary Doherty - the 2006 winner - goalkeeper Fraser Forster, leading scorer Grant Holt, midfield magician Wes Hoolahan and Academy product Korey Smith are all in the running to pick up the prestigious Barry Butler Memorial Trophy, with the winner being announced before kick-off at the final home game of the season, against Carlisle on May 8. Voting continues until close of business next Tuesday.

The update was announced at the Anglian Home Improvements end of season dinner at Carrow Road on Tuesday, when the first two awards of the campaign were handed out.

Forster was named players' player of the season after an outstanding campaign on loan from Newcastle United.

Michael Spillane won the text vote for goal of the season, for his effort against Leyton Orient at Carrow Road in September.

Details on how to vote for player of the season are on the club website - www.canaries.co.uk

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t Michael Nelson has been nominated for April's Coca-Cola League One Player of the Month Award after his heroics helped send City back to the Championship. The 30-year-old central defender scored the only goal at Charlton to help secure promotion and then added the second in the home win against Gillingham a week later which wrapped up the League One title.

Also in the running are Roy O'Donovan, currently on loan to Hartlepool from Sunderland, Rickie Lambert of Southampton and Carlisle's Ian Harte.

The winner will be announced from 9am on Saturday's Sky Sports Soccer AM programme.

Manager of the Month nominees are Southampton's Alan Pardew, Lee Clark at Huddersfield, Dave Penney at Oldham and Wycombe's Gary Waddock.

t Bristol Rovers boss Paul Trollope is keeping his fingers crossed for good news on the injury front ahead of Saturday's clash with the League One champions.

Centre-half Steve Elliott is likely to miss the clash with a knee injury, while fellow defender Danny Coles will serve a suspension. However, Trollope says the Pirates are working hard to ensure Byron Anthony (hip), Dominic Blizzard (hamstring) and leading scorer Jo Kuffour (rib) will be available.

'Byron and Dominic are continuing their running but it just depends how they progress with their rehabilitation over the next few days,' Trollope said.

'Byron is probably the most important one to get fit because the game will probably come too soon for Steve and with Danny missing, it does leave us short in central defence. Jo is still going to be a major doubt.'