Team news: Martin Olsson and Robbie Brady fitness boosts for Norwich City ahead of Wigan clash

Robbie Brady of Norwich City went off injured during the Sky Bet Championship match against Cardiff

Robbie Brady of Norwich City went off injured during the Sky Bet Championship match against Cardiff at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil has no fresh injury concerns ahead of tomorrow night's Championship encounter with Wigan Athletic at Carrow Road – and may even have Robbie Brady available.

The Republic of Ireland international was again deployed at left-back in Saturday's 3-2 defeat of Cardiff, as Martin Olsson was not quite ready to play following a hamstring injury, but had to come off in the 12th minute with a hip problem.

That saw Russell Martin deployed in an unusual role on the left of defence but City boss Neil says Olsson is ready to return against Wigan and Brady may also be available if needed.

'Obviously it was a concern after the game because he didn't look good, he had to come off and was struggling to move,' the Scot said of Brady's injury.

'I think it's more the area where he got hit and the nerve that runs down your leg that took the force and that's what's causing the problem but a really quick recovery from it, which is good, and to be honest he'll probably be in late contention for maybe being involved tomorrow, that's how quickly it's recovered.'


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Olsson has not played since the 0-0 home draw with Sheffield Wednesday in City's second match of the season but the Sweden international could face the Latics.

Neil added: 'Martin's fine, Martin got held back at the weekend because he'd only really trained about three days in the best part of five weeks, so we've managed to couple of sessions in his legs since then.

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'So he's always been scheduled to come back for this game anyway.'

The Canaries boss has no fresh injury concerns to worry about, with Graham Dorrans, Ivo Pinto, Alex Pritchard and John Ruddy all returning to the matchday squad on Saturday.

That means he is unlikely to need to rotate his squad too much for a second home game in the space of four days, with recent signing Nelson Oliveira also not likely to be ready to make his debut.

'I think the boys are fresh, they've got enough about them just now to go again so it's just basically trying to pick the best team that I think is going to win the game,' he continued.

'Probably too soon for Nelson but he will be involved relatively quickly, I think this one's just maybe a tad too soon.'

One of the notable players to miss Saturday's match was forward Steven Naismith, with the £8million January signing not names among the substitutes.

Neil insists there is no issue with the Scotland international though, who was strongly linked with a move to Sunderland ahead of transfer deadline day.

'He was in the squad, like Sergi Canos, like Steven Whittaker, they were involved in the squad but unfortunately didn't make the 18,' Neil said.

'The bottom line is I've got a real strong squad now, everybody's really back and it's a case of I've got to leave three good players out of the matchday squad and unfortunately for them guys, it was them that time.'

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