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TEAM NEWS: SOUTHAMPTON v CITY

17 January 2017

The latest squad news ahead of Wednesday

NORWICH City face a number of selection posers when they travel to Southampton for their Emirates FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday evening (7:45pm).

A number of central midfield options are unavailable, with Youssouf Mulumbu away with DR Congo at the African Cup of Nations while Jonny Howson picked up an injury at Rotherham on Saturday.

Graham Dorrans is still recovering from a more long-term problem, Louis Thompson requires more time in full training and Alex Tettey is one yellow card away from a two-game suspension.

"We're really struggling in that area of the pitch," Alex Neil told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

"All in all, in terms of injuries, we're not in great shape at the moment. We've got work to do in terms of putting a squad together because we've got a crucial game in the league at the weekend, which is our priority.

"Louis Thompson hasn't touch a ball and has been very limited in what he's been able to do. It's pretty clear we'll need to make changes and midfield is an area I'm looking at."

Robbie Brady is set to be included following the completion of a three-game ban, while Nelson Oliveira will miss out as he begins a suspension of the same length following his dismissal at Rotherham.

Steven Whittaker has a 'tight hamstring' and Cameron Jerome will be assessed in the build-up to the cup tie, having taken a knock late on in City's 2-1 defeat to The Millers.

"You're always going to miss your top players when they're out and Robbie is certainly one of those," Neil added.

"He's a real asset to us who we will utilise. Cameron is someone I'll look at." 

City's boss also confirmed youngsters Ben Godfrey and Ray Grant will form part of the squad that travels, while Carlton Morris and Matt Jarvis are sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Finally, James Maddison is ineligible, having still been registered to Aberdeen when the first meeting between the two sides took place on January 7.



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