Injury worries mount for Norwich boss Lambert
Michael Bailey Paul Lambert has more full-back injury woes as Norwich City travel to Swindon for their Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern area quarter-final tomorrow night (7.
Paul Lambert has more full-back injury woes as Norwich City travel to Swindon for their Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern area quarter-final tomorrow night (7.30pm).
The Canaries boss confirmed left-back Adam Drury will miss the game because of the sore knee that restricted the defender to an hour of action in City's FA Cup romp at non-league Paulton Rovers on Saturday.
However, Lambert is also sweating over the fitness of Drury's natural replacement, with Rhoys Wiggins nursing a similar knock.
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Stephen Hughes, Michael Spillane, Jon Otsemobor, George Francomb and Matty Gill are all currently on the Colney treatment table, while leading scorer Grant Holt and Simon Lappin will serve one-match suspensions for the game at the County Ground after picking up their fifth bookings of the season at the weekend.
On-loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster is back in contention after parent club Newcastle prevented him being cup-tied by playing at Paulton, although Lambert is expected to stick with academy youngster Declan Rudd in goal.
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Taking into account a lengthy list of injuries and suspensions, Lambert must still name at least six players with the most appearances so far this season to ensure he meets Trophy rules and avoid the Canaries being fined - which leaves the Norwich manager with even less room to manoeuvre.