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TEAM NEWS: CITY v CARDIFF

9 September 2016

The latest squad news ahead of Saturday

CAMERON Jerome is one of the Norwich City players set to return from injury for Saturday's meeting with his former club Cardiff City (3pm).

Jerome was a late withdrawal from the squad before the defeat to Birmingham City a fortnight ago, but manager Alex Neil told Norwich City TV on Friday that the striker should be fit to face the Bluebirds.

Ivo Pinto will also come back into the fold, while Alex Pritchard and Graham Dorrans - both of whom came through 45 minutes unscathed for the Under-23s in midweek - look set to be in contention.

On the latter pair Neil said: "They'll be involved in the squad. Their rehab has been slow, which has been frustrating for everyone, but they're getting closer. They got 45 minutes under their belt, which is good."

Goalkeeper John Ruddy is also close to a comeback, but Neil was less positive about Martin Olsson's hopes of appearing at Carrow Road this weekend.

"Both of them have done bits, but with Martin I'm not convinced that he's going to be quite ready for the game," he added. "John should be ok, he's a bit further ahead than Martin, but having said he's not done huge amounts."

Neil reported a clean bill of health for the players who featured for their countries over the international break, but he revealed that new recruit Nelson Oliveira isn't quite up to speed.

He commented: "It's probably too soon for Nelson, but he's getting better. He's training with the squad now, which is good. He hadn't done a huge amount since the end of last season, so we needed to get him up to speed.

"We're pushing him to the limit without breaking him down, so we want to make sure that continues and we can get him fit as soon as possible."

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