Lambert waits on injured trio

David Cuffley Manager Paul Lambert must make a late check on an injured trio as Norwich City bid for a seventh successive home victory tomorrow.The Canaries, third in League One, face fifth-placed Huddersfield Town at Carrow Road (3pm) with doubts over central defender Jens Berthel Askou and midfield pair Korey Smith and Stephen Hughes.

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Manager Paul Lambert must make a late check on an injured trio as Norwich City bid for a seventh successive home victory tomorrow.

The Canaries, third in League One, face fifth-placed Huddersfield Town at Carrow Road (3pm) with doubts over central defender Jens Berthel Askou and midfield pair Korey Smith and Stephen Hughes.

All three missed Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Southampton. Askou suffered a blow to the top of his foot in the 3-3 draw at Yeovil last Saturday, Smith was ruled out by a thigh strain and Hughes was sidelined by a calf problem.


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Askou and Smith are both unlikely starters tomorrow, but Hughes is given the best chance of playing, with Lambert saying: “He never travelled on Tuesday. He just had a problem that's come from his calf, but he seems not too bad today. We hope he's going to be OK.”

Michael Nelson played against the Saints in place of Askou and - with Hughes' hopes of only his second start in 11 matches dashed - 18-year-old Tom Adeyemi was given the midfield berth vacated by Smith.

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City have not won seven home games in a row in the same season since the start of the 2003-04 Nationwide League title-winning campaign, when they in fact enjoyed eight straight home wins.

Huddersfield, managed by former City assistant boss Lee Clark, are joint top scorers in League One with 45 goals - the same as their hosts tomorrow. But only 12 of those goals have come away from home, where the Terriers have won only twice in 10 matches.

Clark is without suspended midfielder Antony Kay, who picked up his fifth yellow card in last week's 2-1 win over Gillingham, but will be grateful for the return in midfield of Anthony Pilkington after a one-match ban.

Apart from Clark's Norwich connection, Huddersfield full-back Lee Peltier played for City Reserves nearly two years ago while on trial from Liverpool.

The Town squad also includes two former Ipswich players in 15-goal striker Jordan Rhodes, signed by Clark last summer, and winger Gary Roberts.

Huddersfield are also looking for their first win at Carrow Road for 40 years. Their 2-1 success in November 1969 came in a season in which they finished as Division Two champions to reach the top flight.

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