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Luke Chadwick is hoping for a recall to senior duty as Norwich City seek to maintain their unbeaten start to the season in tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship match at Hull City (3pm).

Luke Chadwick is hoping for a recall to senior duty as Norwich City seek to maintain their unbeaten start to the season in tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship match at Hull City (3pm).

More than 10 months after joining the Canaries from Stoke, the 26-year-old winger still has yet to complete a full 90 minutes of action.

Chadwick played the first 65 minutes of City's opening fixture at Preston, operating just behind the strikers, but made way for Lee Croft and did not start either of the subsequent home games.

However, a growing list of absentees could persuade manager Peter Grant to give his first signing another outing tomorrow.


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With on-loan Jimmy Smith joined on the sidelines by Mark Fotheringham, out for up to three months with ankle ligament damage, Julien Brellier still struggling for full fitness and Simon Lappin trying to shake off a thigh strain, there may be a vacancy in midfield.

Much depends on the outcome of talks with Rangers midfielder Ian Murray, expected to join City on a free transfer today, but Chadwick, who came on as a substitute for Fotheringham against Southampton last Saturday, is ready for the call after recovering from a bug that stopped him training earlier in the week.

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He said: “I just had a bit of flu' or something like that but I'm fine now and I hope I'll be involved on Saturday.

“I'd like to play anywhere, but it's up to the manager, he picks the team. It's disappointing that Fozzy got injured because he did so well when he came on the other day, so everyone wishes him a speedy return.”

He said central midfield was not his natural role.

“It's not the position I've grown up playing in. I enjoy playing the role just behind the strikers or out wide.

“I don't know the position that well but I'll give it a go and hopefully get a game.

“There's a lot more defensive work but in the middle you get more of the ball, so that's a good thing.”

Chadwick said he accepted it would be up to him to force his way into the manager's plans.

He said: “We've got a big squad, a strong squad. I don't think I played that well at Preston, really. It was a tough game and I played just behind the strikers and didn't get much of the ball.

“If I'm not in the team it's my own fault. We played 4-4-2 in the last two games and did really well and got two good results.

“You've got to perform in every game and the gaffer's got a big squad together. It's a good thing for everyone. There's no animosity between the players. It's a really tight-knit group.”

He added: “I'm buzzing. I had an absolute nightmare last season and I'm just happy to be training every day and really enjoying myself.

“I'd like to play a few games, but it's a long season. I'm sure at some stage of the season I'm going to get that and when I do I've just got to take my chance.”

As for tomorrow's trip, he expects a battle.

“Hull have got a strong team, they've spent a bit of money over the summer and got a strong squad together. It's never an easy place to go but the lads seem fairly confident,” said Chadwick.

“We haven't been brilliant but we got good results against two strong teams from last year.”

Grant confirmed Chadwick was an option for central midfield, but was giving little away.

He said: “He can play in that area of the pitch, but you've got other options you could look at as well.”

Darren Huckerby, who played 55 minutes for City Reserves on Tuesday in his recovery from hip and groin problems, has only an outside chance of featuring on the bench tomorrow. Tuesday's Carling Cup tie at Rochdale is a more realistic target.

Said Grant: “Hucks getting 50 minutes was important for him psychologically more than anything. It's the end of last season since he played a game so he's still got a bit of work to do there.

“We'll assess Darren as we go along. If he's not involved at the weekend, I'd probably look at giving him part of Tuesday.”

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