McVeigh touch and go' for Burnley

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:18 14 September 2010

Norwich City midfielder Paul McVeigh is a major doubt for tomorrow's live televised clash against Burnley.

Norwich City midfielder Paul McVeigh is a major doubt for tomorrow's live televised clash against Burnley.

The diminutive Irishman hasn't trained since injuring his back during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Sheffield United - and it would be something of a surprise if he recovered in time to play at Turf Moor.

"Paul will be very much touch and go for the Burnley game," admitted City manager Nigel Worthington yesterday. "He took a knock to the bottom of his back at the weekend and he is still feeling it.

"All we can do is give him as much time as possible before making a decision.

"It's disappointing for him and disappointing for us - but injuries happen in football and you have just got to get on with it."

Worthington has a ready-made replacement for McVeigh in the shape of on-loan Charlton man Jonatan Johansson, but it would still be a major blow for the Canaries if he failed to it make tomorrow night.

The fans' favourite recently earned a year's extension to his contract after turning in a string of top quality performances and has played a key role in the surge that has seen City keep alive their outside chances of reaching the end-of-season play-offs.

McVeigh set up both goals in the 2-1 victory over Stoke, scored an excellent one himself in the 2-2 draw at Leeds and then played a key role in the fine 2-1 win over Sheffield United before being forced out of the action early in the second half.

The man himself is still feeling the after-affects of a typically robust Blades' challenge - and doesn't know whether he will recover in time to make a fourth straight start since replacing Johansson on the right flank.

"It's still a bit sore and tender," he said. "I don't know when I will be able to train.

"It was a very physical game, but you know you are always going to get that when you play against them.

"We beat them up at their place so they were really trying to get one over us. To beat them twice in a season shows they are struggling a little bit - but it was a great result for us."

City head to Lancashire today knowing that a win over a struggling Burnley side would take them to within four points of the play-offs places, with rivals Preston having two games in hand - and McVeigh believes there is still everything to play for.

"It's a strange sort of division - anybody can beat anybody else," he said. "We need other teams to slip up, but we have still got a chance and we just need to keep on winning."

Worthington echoed those sentiments, adding: "We have had some good results recently and we will be looking to extend that run at Turf Moor."

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