Norwich v QPR preview

Russell Martin will continue in central defence for Norwich but the

club’s injury problems at the back look to be easing. Central

defenders Zak Whitbread and Daniel Ayala came through reserve

matches and could be in contention to come off the substitutes’

bench in this weekend’s Premier League match against QPR. Ritchie

de Laet is also training again after recovering from a back injury.

Striker James Vaughan is still sidelined with a long-term knee

injury, as is centre-back Elliott Ward. QPR captain Joey Barton is

suspended, while Heidar Helguson is a doubt after playing only a

limited part in training because of his eye injury. Fitz Hall, Jay

Bothroyd, Jason Puncheon and Adel Taarabt are back but Matt

Connolly (ankle), Kieron Dyer (foot), DJ Campbell (foot) and Brian

Murphy (calf) are definitely out. Norwich (from): Ruddy, Naughton,

Martin, Barnett, Tierney, Whitbread, Ayala, Crofts, Johnson, Fox,

Bennett, Pilkington, Jackson, Hoolahan, Holt, Morison, Rudd, Drury,

Surman, Wilbraham. QPR (from): Kenny, Hall, Gabbidon, Taarabt,

Traore, Bothroyd, Faurlin, Orr, Buzsaky, Young, Smith, Helguson,

Wright-Phillips, Ferdinand, Puncheon.