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Norwich City team news: Alex Neil delivers gloomy Burton bulletin

Ivo Pinto has been ruled out of the trip to Burton. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Ivo Pinto has been ruled out of the trip to Burton. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Alex Neil revealed he has fresh injury doubts ahead of Norwich City’s Championship trip to Burton on Saturday.

The Scot delivered a gloomy forecast on Friday afternoon at Colney with Nelson Oliveira (foot), Ivo Pinto (foot), Steven Naismith (hamstring), Youssouf Mulumbu (thigh) and Matt Jarvis (hamstring) all ruled out. Graham Dorrans and (knee) and Louis Thompson (Achilles) are longer term absentees and Neil is sweating on the fitness of two more key men for the Brewers’ trip.

“None of the lads who were unavailable against Newcastle will be in contention for this weekend,” said Neil “And to make it even better we have a couple of doubts over the ones who featured. They will be late fitness calls because of the close proximity of the game. 24 hours can make the decision a lot easier. I am not going to tell you who. I am sure Nigel Clough will be watching.

“There is nothing I can do about it. They are proper injuries. It is not soft tissue stuff. Naismith, you could probably argue, we tried to rush him back and we had a setback. Louis Thompson is one of the most unfortunate injuries I have seen and the rest are bruising and bone-related injuries. Youssouf had an issue he incurred at the African Nations. They are out of our control. We have to make the best of what we have got.”

Neil confirmed Oliveira will miss at least a month with a hairline fracture while compatriot Pinto faces a battle to be fit for next week’s derby clash against Ipswich Town. James Maddison has returned to the ranks after a back problem and will be in the travelling party to Burton.

“James has been improving and he has been training for the best of a week,” said Neil. “Nelson is going to be four to six weeks. It is not a break. More like a hairline fracture but we need the bone to heal. All the scans and initial prognosis has been done. But all that provides is a variance in terms of timescale, rather than an exact measure. We want to get him back as quickly as possible but we must also prepare for the worst case scenario as well.

“Ivo had a kick on the top of his foot and there is bruising. Sometimes that heals quickly but unfortunately for Ivo it has not healed quickly enough. I would be hopeful of a lot better news the next time we play.”

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19 comments

  • We all thought the squad was too big at the start of the season,now we are nearly down to the bare bones!This must be one of the worst seasons for long term injuries?Wonder if that's down to being unlucky,training or fitness?Don't need anymore especially with the lot from portaloo road coming down next week that's for sure.

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    tonyb

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

  • Well said Irish canary as always a voice of reason and positivity .COYY.

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    rikki nadir

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

  • Nice one, Alex, get in the excuses before a trip to the mighty Burton Albion in case we slip on another banana skin after the loss to colossal Rotherham and a draw to magnificent Wigan. With Oliviera out you would think Morris would get a run out against a team at the bottom and keep Jerome safe for 1p5wich, but no, Morris has been put out on loan so can't play. This is similar to his whinging about lack of midfielders for the Southampton game when Maddison was ineligible because of his registration earlier in the season with Aberdeen. The bookies had us as joint favourites with this squad for the top two. If the manager decides to weaken the squad by either selling or sending people out on loan, that's up to him but stop crying to the press.

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    NorwichAbs

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Why are we getting so many injuries? This seems a season long issue - is it a fitness issue?

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Re the comment 'I'll support them til the end of the season' I'll support them forever.

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    Jerry Crossfield

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Well this gives the opportunity for Maddison&Godfrey and let's get them involved, play-offs are still very much on the cards but we will need these guys. Look at Newcastle's next three away games, Brighton, Huddersfield & Reading - someone will certainly be dropping points!! Let's see where we are after the next half-dozen games. OTBC

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    johnnyp

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • I speak purely for myself..I'm no ones puppet nor mouth piece?...can you say the same MB? We haven't got the best squad in the Championship - neither now, or the start of the season. Personally, I'm going to continue supporting the Club between now and the end of the season.... we're still in with a squeak ..so my belief is still there..in my eyes, tats what supporting a Club is all about

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    Irish canary

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Its interesting to hear all the talk about how many players are out through injury and yet there are a number of players that cannot get a game, these players not playing make it even more difficult when we get injuries so why oh why don't NCFC sell these players and get in ones that can fit into the team. It seems we cannot judge players since we sell them 6 months after buying them.

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    vmarshall

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • We have the best squad in the Championship. No problem. TK is right. Is Irish canary a spokesman for the banished troll? Jist a wundrin'...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • A big disappointment to see that Oliveira is out for at least a month, likewise, Naismith was just starting to look at least up for games. All we can do is hope Whittaker plays as well as he did on Tuesday night and then hope Pinto recovers in time for the local derby. As long as Tettey and Howson are fit to keep the defensive midfield unit together we are in with a chance but I would not put money on tomorrows result.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • waclor, I still think we'll be in the mix for quite some time although I can't be over optimistic given our leaky defense. We may well be there or thereabouts until close to the end of the season. My money is on Leeds being the team to catch before Sheff Wed. Will it be Prichard or Madison as the natural successor to Wes or can both be accommodated.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • DJF I think when it is accepted that the playoffs are out of reach, we will see more chances for the young players. Godfrey will probably be the first. Madison's problem will be that in a team with other small players like Wes and Pritchard, it will be hard for him to get a start. Look for him replacing Wes at the 75 minute mark though.

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    waclor

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • In AC's defense, these article's tend to get updated sometimes making previous comments seem daft. Not saying it happened here but just maybe.... Would love to see Madison get a chance when fit though.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Must of been a nasty back injury to be out for so long

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    AC Canary

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Come on Irish, it's a bit unfair to expect AC Canary to read the article that specifically mentions Maddison's back problem before he criticises the fact he hasn't been picked. The lad isn't being given a chance.

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    PaulWho

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • because he's been injured.

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    Irish canary

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Nelson needs to drink lots of milk !! England prop Joe Marler says his remarkable three-and-a-half-week recovery from a broken leg was down to him drinking two pints of full-fat milk a day.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • The fact that there may not be enough depth in these areas is the fault of the board and manager...btw why isn't Maddison given a go?

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    AC Canary

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • All these injuries are bad news...I'm sure it's all the fault of the Manager and Board :)

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    Irish canary

    Friday, February 17, 2017

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