Grant Hanley is the silver lining to a calf injury for Norwich City centre back Shane Duffy that will rule him out of the Canaries’ upcoming Championship games.

Head coach David Wagner confirmed at Colney the Republic of Ireland international is awaiting the results of a second scan in 10 days to assess the extent of an injury picked up in the 2-1 comeback against Coventry City.

Hanley has made one league start since his own return from a long lay-off following Achilles surgery, but the Scot is raring to go for Saturday’s trip to QPR.

“We were desperate to have him back, he was desperate to come back and now to start games again,” said Wagner, who also confirmed fellow centre back Danny Batth is available after his recent hamstring issue. “Grant is, for sure, the first one to name to show what they are capable of doing, and he has shown it more than once to be fair.

"He was already desperate to play against Liverpool (in the FA Cup), when maybe some felt it's a little bit too early.

"We said, ‘No, come on, the 60 minutes can be crucial, even if you know he needed more training time’, and now we had a couple of further weeks so I think it's the right moment to come back on track. We are really looking forward to it and excited about it, like he is.

“Obviously, you never like to have an injured player, an experienced one or younger one, a defender, an offensive player, a defensive midfielder, it doesn't matter. You'd like to have a full squad available.

"But it happens now to Duffy, who was very reliable in recent months in the back of our defence, and now he will miss maybe a few games and then it's up to all the other guys.”

Top scorer Jon Rowe returns to the mix for QPR after he missed the last two games with a broken hand.

“Jonny trained without any issues. To be totally honest it was not the most intense session (on Thursday) but he looks that he is back and in contention,” said the City chief. “Danny as well. The only one we miss will be Duffy.

"He got a calf injury against Coventry after 60, 70 minutes. He continued to play, but he got a scan and we now will make a further scan in 10 days time, so I can't give a serious time frame at the minute.”