Date: 3rd February 2017 at 4:12pm
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Steven Naismith is Alex Neil`s only new injury doubt ahead of Saturday`s trip to Cardiff City (3pm).

The forward, who has played very well recently has suffered a hamstring strain, Neil said when he spoke to the assembled media at Colney, first thing on Friday morning.

In other news though, Youssouf Mulumbu is back from the African Cup of Nations and was set to train on Friday morning, when an assessment of his availability would be made.

Neil also revealed that new signings, Yanic Wildschut and Mitchell Dijks will be in the first team squad as the Canaries take on the Bluebirds.

This is what Neil had to say when he spoke to the EDP



“Steven Naismith is struggling with a hamstring, so he`ll be touch and go really, but that`s the main one,” Neil said.

“We`ll have a look at Youssouf in training this morning, obviously we haven`t done a huge amount with Youssouf at all so we`ll see when we look at him in the flesh.”

“If I sign someone, is he going to get into the starting 11 ahead of the guys that I`ve got, probably not so is it juts going to be another wage that we`re picking up in case something happens?

“Youssouf is back though, so if Alex (Tettey) gets suspended (highly likely) Youssouf`s there, Ben Godfrey`s there who played against Southampton and was a sub in the Birmingham game.

“Graham Dorrans hopefully will be back in the next four to six weeks, so we`re not miles away in terms of cover.”

Speaking about his two new deadline day signings, Neil had a smile on his face.

“They`re both straight into the squad, obviously I`m not going to tell you if they`re in the team but they`ll be travelling to Cardiff.’

‘First of all you look at the size and stature of them, that`s something I`ve spoken regularly about this season, about being more robust for the Championship.

“I think certainly Yanic is used to the Championship, whereas Mitchell is going to take a bit of time to settle. However, he`s a big lad, played Champions League football, I think he`s won leagues with Ajax, he`s only 23 but he`s a big lad and he`s looking forward to getting started.

“Power, pace, certainly in Yanic`s position, the ability to go past players and get people off their seats.”

It looks highly likely to me that both of the new lads will start at Cardiff. The hamstring injury suffered by Steven Naismith means that Wildschut is a ready made replacement and has an immediate opportunity to make an impact for his new team. The same goes for Dijks and without any other left footed options, I can`t see anything other than a left side consisting of these two new flying Dutchmen.

OTBC

 
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