Team news: Jonny Howson a doubt for Norwich City’s trip to Fulham

Jonny Howson has an ankle knock to shake off ahead of Norwich City's trip to Fulham. Picture by Paul

Jonny Howson has an ankle knock to shake off ahead of Norwich City's trip to Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jonny Howson is the main fitness doubt for Norwich City ahead of tomorrow night's Championship clash at Fulham.

The midfielder missed City's 3-1 home win over Rotherham on Saturday with an ankle knock but manager Alex Neil had hoped to have the Yorkshireman back in the fold at Craven Cottage.

Neil said he is unsure whether Howson will be fit to face the Cottagers at his pre-match press conference at Colney this afternoon, although he had better news on Robbie Brady, who also missed the Rotherham game due to concussion protocols following a heavy blow to the head when on Republic of Ireland duty.

'Robbie Brady's back in the squad and Jonny Howson we're still assessing at the moment, he's still carrying a knock to his ankle,' said Neil, with no fresh injury worries to report.

The Canaries will take on a Fulham team buoyed by a 4-2 win at Barnsley at the weekend, which brought an end to a six-game winless streak.


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However, Slavisa Jokanovic's team have struggled at home this season, further raising hopes that the league leaders could end their 30-year wait for a win at Craven Cottage.

'They've certainly got dangerous players in their squad,' Neil continued. 'The one thing that stands out to me is they've won 12 points away from home, which is a good return out of six games.

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'They've got five points at home out of six games, which is unusual, so that's certainly something that we want to try and capitalise on.

'They started the season really well, maybe hit a little lull, but their last result was a good one and we need to make sure we're playing as well as we can.'

City held on to top spot after Huddersfield were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield Wednesday yesterday but Neil is not getting overly excited by his team's lofty league position.

'I don't think anybody is really looking at the table at the moment with any real significance,' he said. 'The one thing we have done is get a lot of points on the board early and that's important because it allows you as the season progress, if you do have a little splutter or blip where you don't play so well, the points are still there.

'When I came here (in January 2015) we were chasing points and it meant there was no room for error which becomes a difficult situation.

'We just want to keep adding to those points and if it comes to Christmas time and you're still in and about it we've got a real good chance to hopefully kick on.'

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