Team news: Michael McGovern and Martin Olsson available for Norwich City’s trip to QPR

Martin Olsson forced a save from Aston Villa Pierluigi Gollini in the first-half of Norwich City's C

Martin Olsson forced a save from Aston Villa Pierluigi Gollini in the first-half of Norwich City's Championship game at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Worries about the fitness of Michael McGovern and Martin Olsson have been calmed by Norwich City manager Alex Neil ahead of his team's Championship clash with QPR.

Michael McGovern missed Northern Ireland's friendly against Croatia on Tuesday with a knee issue but

Michael McGovern missed Northern Ireland's friendly against Croatia on Tuesday with a knee issue but is expected to be okay to feature for Norwich City at QPR, if required. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Both returned ahead of schedule from international duty to have injuries assessed but Neil has said both are in his squad for tomorrow's trip to Loftus Road.

Left-back Olsson missed Sweden's World Cup qualifier against France with a thigh injury and goalkeeper McGovern played in Northern Ireland's 4-0 win over Azerbaijan last Friday, before returning to Norfolk and missing a friendly against Croatia as he needed an injection in his knee.

'Michael and Martin Olsson fall into the same category in that we're patching them up to a certain extent for games because they've had different issues, but issues nonetheless where they've not managed to train all week and then we're getting them ready for the game,' Neil said at this afternoon's pre-match press conference.

'Both were precautionary just to make sure we could have a bit of time to work with them and get them in a better state really for the games coming up.

'I wouldn't say touch and go because both of them have done what they need to do, so both are in the squad.'

Young midfielder Louis Thompson, who was one of the few players to emerge with credit from a 3-2 home loss to Leeds ahead of the international break, is another slight worry.

Louis Thompson has picked up a knock ahead of Norwich City's clash with QPR. Picture: Paul Chesterto

Louis Thompson has picked up a knock ahead of Norwich City's clash with QPR. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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'Louis is another who is carrying a knock,' Neil continued. 'So he's another that we've been looking after over this little period but hopefully he should be okay.'

Portuguese right-back Ivo Pinto has missed City's three-game league losing streak with a groin problem and is still not ready to return.

Steven Whittaker played 77 minutes of Wednesday night's 3-0 victory over Celtic Under-23s at Carrow Road, as he stepped up his recovery from minor stomach surgery, and provides the competition for Russell Martin at right-back.

'Ivo Pinto is still making progress but he's not going to be available for the game,' Neil said.

'Steven Whittaker will be in the squad, he's made good progress. We've sort of pushed Steven on quite a bit, obviously because the problem we've got at right-back at the moment with two of them missing.

'So Steven's had quite a lot of game-time in quite a short space of time coming back from his injury and to be fair he's made good progress.'

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Youssouf Mulumbu has been out with a foot injury since the 2-0 win at Everton in EFL Cup at the end of September and travelled with the Democratic Republic of Congo for an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Ghana on Sunday, but was an unused substitute.

'Youssouf really was at a stage where he was joining in with us, he got called up to Congo which obviously we cannot prevent so he has to go with them, and to be fair it probably did some of the work for us in terms of getting him training and moving,' Neil said of the former West Brom midfielder.

'He's responded well to that but he's had probably two training sessions in that space of time.'

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