Norwich defensive trio fit for derby

David Cuffley City boss Glenn Roeder has been given a triple boost ahead of Sunday's derby match against Ipswich Town at Carrow Road. Defensive trio Adam Drury, Ryan Bertrand and Elliott Omozusi will all be fit for selection as the Canaries bid for only their second win in eight Championship matches, and their first over Town for more than three years.

David Cuffley

The Canaries have been given a triple boost ahead of Sunday's derby match against Ipswich Town at Carrow Road.

Defensive trio Adam Drury, Ryan Bertrand and Elliott Omozusi will all be fit for selection as City bid for only their second win in eight Championship matches, and their first over Town for more than three years.

"They're all OK - Adam, Ryan and Elliott," said manager Glenn Roeder. "They've been training with the physio but they should be back in full training with us."


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Omozusi has missed two matches with hamstring trouble after being taken off in the 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest, while Bertrand was missing for last Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday with a buttock muscle strain he suffered in the 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace.

Drury suffered a similar problem at Hillsborough when he was substituted after an hour, but all three will be available.

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With central defender John Kennedy serving a one-match ban for his red card against Wednesday and Dejan Stefanovic out for the season after a knee operation, either Omozusi or Drury is likely to partner Gary Doherty in the centre of defence.

Roeder ruled out using midfielder Sammy Clingan in the back four, even though the Northern Ireland international has performed well in an emergency defensive role, saying: "I think he's too valuable in the centre of midfield to us. We just know if he has to slide back there for a period of time, he can do it."

Kennedy's absence from such a key game has not helped City's preparations, but Roeder said they decided not to appeal against his red card for a tussle with Wednesday's Leon Clarke.

He said: "I didn't think it was worth appealing. The striker milked it for all he was worth, but am I complaining about that? Not really. If my striker had milked it for all he was worth, I wouldn't have been telling him off for that. If you look at the Contintental players, they're falling all over the place. But what a match to miss.

"It was a body blow for John and for us that he got himself sent off last week but that gives someone else an opportunity who wouldn't have had the opportunity otherwise."

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