Norwich City will be without FIVE first-team players for Newcastle United clash
A look at the latest injury news from the Norwich City camp ahead of Newcastle United’s visit to Carrow Road.
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Norwich City will be without five first-team players when they welcome Newcastle United to Carrow Road.
The Magpies head to East Anglia with no fresh injury concerns, though remain without Ryan Fraser, Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson.
And the Canaries also have injury problems of their own as they look to give their slim Premier League survival hopes a boost.
Josh Sargent is closing in on a return from a foot problem but the visit of Newcastle will come too soon for the 22-year-old forward.
German midfielder Lukas Rupp is the latest casualty for Norwich after pulling out of training on Thursday with knee pain.
There is good news for Smith however, with Kenny McLean and Pierre Lees-Melou in contention.
Smith revealed: “Kenny (McLean) has got a small fracture in his toe, but he should be okay, he is training today and hopefully he will get through that and play tomorrow.
“Pierre )Lees-Melou) is okay, he just had a bit of cramp at the end at Manchester United so he is fine to play. Josh Sargent will be okay for Aston Villa next week but not this week. He starts training on Monday.
“Lukas Rupp is the only one who has pulled out. He has got pain behind the knee at the moment so he pulled out of training (Thursday).
“I don’t believe it is serious, he has just been having a couple of niggles lately that has kept him out of a few squads.”
Meanwhile, Norwich have three players who are out for the season - Andrew Omobamidele, Adam Idah and former Magpies transfer target Ozan Kabak.