Canaries are fighting fit

David Cuffley City boss Bryan Gunn expects to have a fully-fit squad to pick from - long-term casualties apart - for Sunday's East Anglian derby.Full-back Ryan Bertrand hobbled off with a calf injury in the closing stages of Monday's 2-0 victory over Watford but is expected to be back in training tomorrow.

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City boss Bryan Gunn expects to have a fully-fit squad to pick from - long-term casualties apart - for Sunday's East Anglian derby.

Full-back Ryan Bertrand hobbled off with a calf injury in the closing stages of Monday's 2-0 victory over Watford but is expected to be back in training tomorrow.

Apart from defender Dejan Stefanovic, forward Wes Hoolahan and striker Carl Cort, all sidelined for the rest of the season, the rest of Gunn's troops should be ready to take on Ipswich Town at Portman Road (12.45pm).


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“Ryan came in for some treatment on Tuesday. I don't think the knock on the calf is going to cause him any problems,” said Gunn.

“He got an injury in the first minute against Swansea and battled through the game with that and was fit for Monday.

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“So he will be with the physio for a couple of days and we hope to have him back on the training pitch on Friday. If not, we'll give him right up to kick-off.”

The 19-year-old Bertrand has started the last eight matches after an ankle problem kept him on the sidelines for part of February.

“David Mooney came in with a dead leg after the Swansea game and has been in to see the physio but he'll be fine,” said Gunn. “Touch wood, it's fairly good on the injury front at the moment.”

Meanwhile, one of Ipswich's walking wounded has been making valuable use of an enforced lay-off.

Attacking midfielder Jon Walters has taken on a new role as Town look to give themselves some late season cheer with a home win over their arch rivals.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder visited Carrow Road 12 days ago to watch the Canaries in action against Sheffield Wednesday.

“I have told the coaching staff what I saw and my opinions,” said Walters. “It feels like I have joined the scouting staff.

“And if it helps us to pocket three points at the weekend I will feel it is a job well done.”

Walters, still troubled by ruptured ankle ligaments, revealed the real reason for his journey into “enemy” territory.

“I used to go to school with Sheffield Wednesday defender Richard Hinds' wife, and he is a big mate of mine,” he said.

“He was at Hull City and also Scunthorpe, and we keep in touch. Along with his wife he came back to ours to stay after the game at Norwich, and it was good time for Richard as the Owls had won 1-0.

“Sheffield Wednesday deserved to win and their display offered some pointers to how we can gain revenge for our defeat at their place.”

Walters returned to action for Town in Monday's 1-1 draw at Bristol City, but suffered a recurrence of his ankle problem and is a big doubt to face the Canaries.

“My ankle is sore,” he told Ipswich's official website. “I came down on it and felt pain straightaway. It's disappointing and I will have to wait and see what the scan shows.”

Full-back David Wright, who had a loan spell with the Canaries three seasons ago, is another doubt. He is suffering from a hamstring injury and will have a scan to assess his fitness.

Ipswich skipper Gareth McAuley is rated 50-50. Leading scorer Jon Stead will be available after a back problem.

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