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Team news: Burton Albion v City

29 December 2017

City’s Wes Hoolahan and Cameron Jerome will be available for selection ahead of Norwich’s trip to Burton Albion in the Sky Bet Championship.

Both players have missed the last two games after picking up knocks, but Daniel Farke told the media on Friday lunchtime that the experienced duo are both fit to push for a place in the squad.

“Both are back in training,” Farke said. “Wes has returned without any problems at all so should be fine. He was in good shape before his injury, so it’s good to have him as an option again. Cam’s not quite 100%, but he’s reacted positively in training and should be available.”

Marco Stiepermann was absent from City’s squad in the win at Birmingham City, and Farke reveals he is nursing a groin injury.

“Marco has problems with his groin,” Farke said. “He’s looked a bit tired in recent games, and has been playing through the pain so we are looking to sort everything out with his groin now we have Jamal Lewis and James Husband available. He’s in London having it looked at today and hopefully he can return soon, and come back fully fit.”

Centre-back Grant Hanley had been a doubt for the Birmingham game, but had a place on the bench.

“He had a big hit in the last home game [against Brentford] and was in a lot of pain,” he said. “If it had been necessary to bring him on against Birmingham it would have been fine, and he’s available for tomorrow. We can only praise him for his performances for his injury.”

City saw both Remi Matthews and Ben Godfrey head back out on loan to Plymouth Argyle and Shrewsbury Town respectively, and Farke says he’s looking forward to welcoming them back in the summer. “Both are really good players and characters. It’s tricky to find a good balance – they’re good players and we like to have good players in the squad but it’s important for young players to get game time and many minutes.

“It’s good for their development and self-confidence. We want them to return in the summer in good rhythm, fill of self-confidence and with lots of game time.”

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