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Norwich V Bournemouth at Carrow Road : Match Preview

29 Aug 2014 10:01:00

Norwich V Bournemouth at Carrow Road : Match Preview

Norwich V Bournemouth - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.


Olsson missing for Norwich

Norwich will host Bournemouth without defender Martin Olsson in their squad due a family bereavement.

Javier Garrido (hamstring) and Gary O'Neil (leg) face fitness tests after missing the Capital One Cup win over Crawley but City bolstered their squad this week with the capture of Falkirk's exciting youngster, Conor McGrandles.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who made his debut for the Bairns at the age of 16 and went on to feature in 82 first-team games there, is ready to challenge for playing time, according to Neil Adams.

Ryan Bennett and Mark Bunn (both ankle) are still absent but Adams has issued a positive update on recovering stars Gary Hooper (calf) and Jonny Howson (knee), stating on the club website: "They are on their feet and doing light running and jogging. The light is there at the end of the tunnel."

Bournemouth will be without defender Elliott Ward after he went under the knife.

The 29-year-old will spend the next two months on the sidelines to correct a knee problem but boss Eddie Howe looks unlikley to bring in reinforcements with youngster Baily Cargill ready to deputise for first-choice pair Steve Cook and Tommy Elphick if needed.

Fellow defender Simon Francis is set to return to training having missed the last three games with a hamstring injury and a late decision will be made on his fitness.

Shaun MacDonald's thigh injury ensures he will miss the chance to line-up against former team-mate Lewis Grabban who faces his former employers for the first time.



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