David Wagner resisted the temptation to rush Ipswich scourge, Jon Rowe, back into action for Norwich City’s epic Championship derby clash.

Rowe struck twice at Portman Road in December’s 2-2 league draw, but will miss out on a Carrow Road return on Saturday as he completes his recovery from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him since February. 

City bid to extend their unbeaten run against their rivals to 15 years, but must do so without their England Under-21 international.

“It was clear for all of us we will not rush it. And obviously with recent results going so well it took a lot of pressure off some shoulders as well in this moment to force him,” said Wagner.

“Now we are super happy there is light at the end of the tunnel and it looks like he'll be back in the next seven to 10 days. 

“A big credit to him and the medical department as well. They were totally clear on the timeframe with this kind of an injury. You have to respect and accept it will take this length, because you can't take any risk with a hamstring injury. They've done everything so far super well, and ticked every box.

"They are a little bit ahead of schedule as well, slightly, which is great.”

The 20-year-old’s breakout season has seen him shortlisted for the Championship’s young player-of-the-year, alongside Leeds prodigy Archie Gray and Birmingham’s Jordan James. 

“He had a fantastic start. He had some injury problems, and obviously now he had a setback with this major injury,” said Wagner. “But he recovered super well, he is super energetic and desperate to come back. And hopefully, immediately, he can help and push for our targets. This nomination is a big testament to him for what he's done.

"I think there are some good competitors for this award from what I've seen, but I'm happy for him that he is selected as one of them.”