Wes Hoolahan hands Norwich City a major fitness boost ahead of Everton Premier League test
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Norwich City's midfield talisman Wes Hoolahan is fit to face Everton in Saturday's televised Premier League clash at Carrow Road after recovering from a knee injury.
The Republic of Ireland international missed the 2-0 defeat at Watford but has trained in recent days and is firmly in contention to face the Toffees. Alex Neil reported no fresh injury concerns at Colney on Friday, but confirmed there is no firm timeline on a return date for on-loan midfielder Matt Jarvis who has not played since October 31 due to a knee injury.
'Matt's injury is a delicate one. You can't push him too hard because we don't want him to break down,' said Neil, who refused to be drawn on whether John Ruddy will return in place of Declan Rudd after his demotion at Vicarage Road last weekend. 'His rehab has been going well but we have to be patient. There isn't really a timeline on him. I would love to say we will get him back in two weeks, it may take longer, it make take shorter. I am not quite sure.
'We've got no new injuries. Wes was missing from the last squad but he has trained the last couple of sessions so he should be fine. He'll be in the squad. I am not going to give a starting XI in terms of players, but those two lads are competing for the number one spot.'
Neil insisted the departure of former chairman Alan Bowkett had not proved a distraction in the build-up.
'To be honest I don't think the players had any contact with the previous chairman and my contact was limited as well,' he said. 'I only really saw him after home games in the boardroom but after that it will be business as usual for us.'
One of City's young guns, Jacob Murphy, was named League One player-of-the-month earlier in the day but Neil reiterated he has no plans to recall the in-form wide player who is starring for Coventry City.
'No, no plans to bring him back,' he said. 'Jacob and his brother Josh are getting experience and more matches under their belt and then they can come back and try and compete. Jac is doing really well at League One level at the minute but there is a big gulf between that and the Premier League and we are looking for them to be ready to step up when they come back.'
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