Gunn forced into Norwich City change
Jonathan Redhead Norwich City boss Bryan Gunn must make at least one change to his side ahead of tomorrow night's “massive” Coca-Cola Championship clash with Cardiff City at Carrow Road.
Norwich City boss Bryan Gunn must make at least one change to his side ahead of tomorrow night's “massive” Coca-Cola Championship clash with Cardiff City at Carrow Road.
Left-back Jonathan Grounds has returned to parent club Middlesbrough after his loan spell in Norfolk came to an end leaving Gunn with several choices to replace him.
The favourite option will be switching Ryan Bertrand to left-back and slotting Wes Hoolahan into the left-hand side of midfield with another front man coming in.
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However, Gunn said today that left-footers Simon Lappin, Matty Pattison and David Carney could be considered for a role down the Canaries flank as the team look to bounce back from the disappointing 2-0 defeat at Blackpool on Saturday.
“We've got bumps and knocks but we've got everyone available for selection apart from Dejan (Stefanovic) and Adam (Drury) again,” he said.
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“Jonathan's gone back. I'd like to thank Middlesbrough for 93 days we've had him for.
“It's a shame would couldn't have had for longer but they felt that they need him in their situation as well and need to keep themselves covered, for the final part of their season.
“Hopefully he's benefited from the experience. He's played in a couple of different positions for us. He's come up with goals so hopefully he's gone back there as a player with confidence, whether he goes back into their first team squad or whether they look to loan him out again.”
“We've got Simon Lappin. We've got Matty Pattison down that left-hand side,” added Gunn who also confirmed Carney could play left-back too.
“With left-footers in that team we've got that cover.
“Obviously Ryan Bertrand has played there, it's a very familiar position for him and come quarter to seven it's likely that he'll feature on the team sheet.”
Gunn refused to rule out other changes to the team to take on a Cardiff side currently in fourth place and arriving in Norfolk on the back of a 3-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers at the weekend.
“We're planning at the moment,” he said. “We're talking about our team. For me this is a massive game so we've got to make sure we've got players on the park that are going to cause problems for Cardiff City, who are a very good team.
“They're on a good run at the moment.”
Gunn also revealed that Drury may be fit enough for the game against Plymouth Argyle at home on Saturday as he recovers from a knee injury.
“Adam's closer,” he said. “He has been training out on the pitch doing a bit of ball work. He's not actually joined in full training yet but hopefully that'll be towards the middle of this week with a view to being ready for Plymouth.”