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CITY v NEWCASTLE: TEAM NEWS

1 April 2016

The latest squad news from Colney

ALEX Neil delivered a positive update on Nathan Redmond's recovery from injury, but he will leave the decision on any potential involvement for the winger until as late as possible.

Redmond sustained his ankle problem against Manchester City three weeks ago but has made 'huge progress' according to Neil, even though he admits the Newcastle game could come around too quickly.

Neil told Norwich City TV at Colney: "I'm just a little bit concerned it might be too early for him.

"It's one of those ones where do you risk him for this one but potentially lose him for others if it doesn't go the way you'd like, or do you maybe delay it for a week and take it from there?

"We'll monitor him on Friday and take that decision afterwards."

Neil confirmed that both Steven Naismith (hamstring) and Ryan Bennett will both be available for selection.

Naismith came on as a substitute against West Bromwich Albion but then withdrew from Scotland duty with an aggravation of his issue, while Bennett was absent at The Hawthorns.

"Steven's fine. He had a bit of a hamstring problem leading into the West Brom game, he played a little part and aggravated it a bit, so it was important for him and for us that we made sure he was fit for this one," said Neil.

"Ryan's been training so he's fully up to speed, there are no issues with him."

Neil also revealed that the players who went away with their countries came back unscathed, adding: "Most of them got their game-time shared with others, which is good.

"I don't think any of them played both games for their countries, which is positive for us."



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