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11 September 2015

The latest squad news from Colney

DIEUMERCI Mbokani and Matt Jarvis are both in contention to make their Norwich City debuts against Bournemouth on Saturday (3pm).

The pair joined on season-long loans towards the end of the summer transfer window, which closed two days after the Canaries' last Premier League game against Southampton.

While Jarvis is fully up to speed having made eight appearances for West Ham United already this season, Alex Neil says frontman Mbokani is lacking match sharpness.

“He should be ok, I don’t think he’s fully match-fit yet but he’ll certainly be in contention," said City's manager at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

Kyle Lafferty (knee) and Martin Olsson (shoulder) each played twice for Northern Ireland and Sweden respectively during last week's round of European Championship qualifiers.

“It’s good for Martin and Kyle to get some minutes under their belts because the season is up and running for us now, and they’ve come through unscathed," added Neil.

“Kyle’s situation hasn’t changed. He’s a member of the squad, he trains with the first team on a regular basis, and he puts himself into contention for the game coming at the weekend."

Lewis Grabban is back at Colney and working on his fitness after issuing an apology for not being available for the Capital One Cup tie against Rotherham United a fortnight ago, but he won't feature against the Cherries.

Steven Whittaker will also miss out as he serves his one-match suspension for his dismissal against Southampton, while Gary Hooper is a doubt after tweaking his ankle in training.

Neil revealed that Youssouf Mulumbu's broken metatarsel has fully healed after surgery, but that the former West Brom midfielder is still unlikely to available for selection for 'another four to six weeks'.

“I’m pleased that we haven’t come back with any serious knocks that are going to prevent anybody from being involved," said Neil, reflecting on the international break.

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