Team news: Russell Martin and Nathan Redmond fit for Norwich City’s clash with Crystal Palace
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Norwich City skipper Russell Martin is available for tomorrow's trip to Crystal Palace.
The long-serving defender missed last weekend's crucial 3-2 victory over survival rivals Newcastle United at Carrow Road after picking up a knock in training.
Liverpool loanee Andre Wisdom made his first league appearance in almost four months and impressed at right-back against the Magpies, giving City boss Alex Neil a selection headache ahead of the Palace game.
'Russell should be fine,' Neil said. 'He's done a couple of days work with us and we're hoping he should be okay for the game.'
Nathan Redmond made a surprise early return from an ankle injury suffered during the 0-0 home draw with Manchester City on March 12, and the Scot also confirmed the winger is now back up to full speed, having appeared as a 75th-minute substitute against Newcastle.
'I think it would have been too soon to start but certainly now after having another week of training under his belt, he'll be back to normal,' he added, speaking to Norwich City TV.
The Canaries travel to south London knowing that victory could move them seven points clear of the relegation zone, depending on Newcastle's result at Southampton on Saturday and Sunderland's hosting of leaders Leicester on Sunday.
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It would also move them level on 34 points with the Eagles, albeit with a much worse goal difference, and drag Alan Pardew's team into the relegation battle.
'If we win the game then they're level on points with us,' Neil continued, fresh from learning he had won the League Managers Association's LG Performance of the Week Award.
'I know they've got a game in hand but when you've gone 14 games without a win as they have done then searching for that illusive win becomes more and more difficult.
'So it's up to us go there and play as well as we can and hopefully come out of the game with something – and if that's three points then that would be fantastic.'
Palace are without a win in 2016, winning just three points and scoring 11 goals in 12 games – yet Neil realises the Eagles still pose a threat, having been placed fifth in the Premier League table on New Year's Day.
'They've got pace, they want to get the ball wide and get the ball in the box, very direct, very simple but can be effective if you don't defend against it well enough,' he added.
'So winning first headers and picking up second balls and stopping crosses is going to be absolutely crucial, so if we can do that well enough we'll give ourselves a real good chance.'