Drury fit for Norwich City clash with QPR

Defender Adam Drury is fit to return to action for Norwich City when they visit Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers tomorrow.

But manager Paul Lambert said today: “He has trained and he seems OK.

“We couldn’t risk him on the day because I think if he had played, he would have been out for a number of weeks.”

Steven Smith, who made his first start for City at Ashton Gate as a late replacement for Drury, suffered a knock towards the end of the game but is also fit and available for the trip to Loftus Road (3pm).

Rangers have yet to concede a goal in the Championship at home this season, while the third-placed Canaries have scored in 32 consecutive away league matches stretching back to March 2009.


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And Lambert insisted his side would go into the day’s big game with an attacking mindset.

“I know how hard it’s going to be but I always think we should try to go on the front foot ourselves rather than wait for something to happen against us and that’s what we will try to do,” he said.

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“We will try to play our way and play our game and, yes, we’re going to have to defend for our lives and take the chances that come our way but I have great confidence in the lads that we will give as good as we get.

“We never play with any fear when we go away from home.”

City will be backed by 3,100 travelling fans after selling out their entire allocation for the match.

Rangers boss Neil Warnock has one fitness concern with defender Clint Hill suffering from a stomach bug, but Bradley Orr is fit to return after a calf injury.

There was a further boost for Warnock yesterday when England Under-21 defender Kyle Walker extended his loan deal from Tottenham until January 3.

Defender Fitz Hall and midfielder Alejandro Faurlin are also available after hamstring injuries, but are both likely to have to settle for a place on the bench.

t The Canaries were today reported to be tracking the progress of non-league prospect Danny Rowe. Huddersfield, Leeds and Crystal Palace are also believed to be interested in the promising Kendal Town midfielder. Rowe, who can also play up front, joined the EvoStik League team from Blackpool Wren Rovers, who play in the West Lancashire League.

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