Team news: Cameron Jerome among fitness boosts for Norwich City ahead of Cardiff clash
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The international break has allowed Norwich City's injury problems to clear significantly ahead of tomorrow's Championship encounter with Cardiff City at Carrow Road.
City boss Alex Neil may have not brought in the second striker he had wanted ahead of last week's transfer deadline but he is set to have some important players back from injury.
Rumours of a lengthy injury for striker Cameron Jerome (leg) have been put to bed and goalkeeper John Ruddy (groin) and full-back Ivo Pinto (hamstring) are available again, as are midfielders Graham Dorrans (groin) and Alex Pritchard (side strain) after their run-outs for City's under-23s in midweek – having all missed the 3-0 defeat at Birmingham before the break.
Asked about the fitness of Pritchard, an £8million summer signing from Tottenham, Neil said: 'He's fine. Graham Dorrans and him were there to get 45 minutes under their belts.
'Alex obviously hasn't done as much as Graham due to the fact of being at Tottenham and they've left him out of their tour.
'So he didn't travel with them so for a few weeks there he was training with the younger squad and then he gets his setback at Blackburn and then got his side strain.
'So it's a just a case of trying to get him up to speed, as it is with Graham, and they'll certainly be in the squad tomorrow.'
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Swedish left-back Martin Olsson is close to a return from a hamstring problem as well but the Cardiff game may come too soon.
'I think quite a few of them will be back. We're hoping that Cameron will be back, Alex and Graham should be in the squad, John Ruddy should be okay.
'It might be quite soon for Martin Olsson because he's been out for the best part of five weeks, so unfortunately I'm not sure if he's going to make it but that will be a last-minute call.
'Ivo's fine, he was only a short one, so he's okay.'