Vadis Ofoe is Norwich City’s Championship wildcard
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Vadis Ofoe can be Norwich City's Championship wild card over the league run-in.
The Belgian international has endured an injury-hit start to his Canaries' career following a summer move from Club Brugges, but played his first 90 minutes in a development league outing at Leicester earlier this week.
Ofoe is not in contention for Wolves' league trip to Carow Road on Saturday with City boss Alex Neil revealing the 25-year-old is set for a bit-part role until he is at peak fitness.
'It is such a crucial time for us I have to make sure the guys who do play are capable of firing on all cylinders,' said Neil. 'You never know but with five, six, seven games to go Vadis might get himself in that position to really make an impact. He could be a vital player for us at the latter end of the season, but I don't think he is going to feature prominently. He is progressing well and we just need to be careful with him because he has effectively missed all the season with one injury or another.
'Training is different from games and he had been doing a lot of training and feeling fine and they tried to bring him back against Sheffield Wednesday but he lasted 45 minutes and then it has been a real setback since. We just have to get him as many minutes as possible and that was why it was important he got a full game at Leicester.'
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City's midfield stocks have been depleted in recent weeks through injury and suspension but Neil has had no such issues up front, with Lewis Grabban in particular appearing to relish the Scot's arrival.
'I said to him if he plays I expect everything he has got. If he doesn't score, providing he is working hard for the team that is what it is all about,' said Neil. 'Since I came in he has shown a real work-ethic, hunger and desire. All I can ask is they give me 100%. Form goes up and down. Even the best players in the world don't play well every week but providing they give everything they have got that is all I can ask. My job is to get them into the right structure and let them have the best platform to showcase their talents.
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'Lewis is no different to anyone else and the more selection headaches I have the better. All that creates is a good competitive edge because they are doing well in their own right and then it is my job to pick the best side.'