Team news: Alex Tettey cleared for action as Norwich City prepare for Huddersfield trip

Alexander Tettey of Norwich receives treatment for a head injury during the Sky Bet Championship mat

Alexander Tettey of Norwich receives treatment for a head injury during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, NorwichPicture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 64026714/03/2015 - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Worries about the fitness of Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey have been allayed by manager Alex Neil.

The Norwegian international was involved in a nasty clash of heads with Derby's Jamie Hanson in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Carrow Road but managed to complete the match.

Tettey then joked afterwards: 'I've been given tablets now so hopefully I don't die in my sleep tonight. We will see if I wake up tomorrow! But it's very painful, I must say.'

Fortunately the 28-year-old was in the land of the living on Sunday and has carried out his usual preparations for tomorrow night's trip to Huddersfield Town.

'Alex has trained, or certainly done his recovery, like everyone else, he's completely fine,' Neil said.

The Canaries boss also confirmed that centre-back Ryan Bennett would continue his recovery from a hamstring injury with the under-21s at Tottenham this afternoon (2pm).

Belgian midfielder Vadis Ojidja-Ofoe will remain with the first team as they travel to West Yorkshire, after impressing for the U21s against Southampton last week.

'Ryan is featuring in that today, he'll go down and get a bit of game time,' Neil said. 'I think we need him to get himself up to speed as quickly as he can, he's been training well and I said to him it's best for him to go and get some minutes under his belt, obviously that was one of the main reasons I let Michael (Turner) go was the return of Ryan coming back into the fold.

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'Vadis will be in the squad, as he was on Saturday, but I opted not to put him on the bench. I thought he did well (against Southampton) but I thought there was a lot of players that did well.'

The Scot is still refusing to put a timeframe on the injury of 12-goal striker Lewis Grabban and looks set to include youngster Jamar Loza in his squad at Huddersfield again.

Loza was an unused substitute on Saturday, following on from Carlton Morris making his debut in the recent 1-0 defeat to Wigan. Morris starts for the U21s at Spurs this afternoon but Loza is not in the development squad.

'At the moment Jamar was in the squad the other day, Carlton was in the squad previous to that and came on the pitch as a substitute,' Neil said.

'They're the lads I'll be using until that changes if someone comes in, but someone will only come in that I think is going to improve us, and that hasn't been the case, so they're the guys tasked with doing the job at the moment.'

That leaves Cameron Jerome and Gary Hooper to lead the attacking charge for City at 18th-placed Huddersfield, who are nine points clear of the relegation zone with nine games to play.

The Canaries have won seven of their last nine matches and beat Huddersfield 5-0 in December, during Neil Adams' reign, whereas the Terriers ended a three-game losing streak with a 1-1 draw at Birmingham at the weekend.

Neil is not underestimating Chris Powell's side though, saying: 'It's a game we expect to win if we go and play as well as we can, like any other game at this level. However if we don't play as well as we can and we get caught a bit short, then it's going to be a tough night, as the rest of the games have been this season.

'But our form has been good. Wigan is probably the only game where we've let ourselves down, so we're looking to make sure we go into that game and put on a good performance.'

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