Date: 19th September 2009 at 9:02am
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Midfielder Stephen Hughes and central defender Michael Nelson are City boss Paul Lambert’s biggest injury concerns ahead of this afternoon’s visit of Charlton (3pm).

The duo came off injured in Monday night’s defeat at MK Dons – as did the experienced Adam Drury – and speaking to yesterday Lambert said all three are major doubts for the game against the league leaders.

‘There’s one or two doubtful,’ he said. ‘Nelson is struggling with his ankle at the minute. With Adam we’re more hopeful than with the other ones but Hughes is also doubtful.’

Hughes’ absence could re-open the door for Darel Russell – who has only just started training again himself – and although the Canary chief admitted playing him would be a risk, he said he said he was running out of options:

‘It’s maybe a bit of a risk, he’s only started in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy so that’s the only time I’ve really seen Darel. He can play the game but his fitness is not up to speed yet.

‘If he starts we don’t know how long we’ll get out of him or how long his injury will last – it’s a risk but we haven’t got many options at the moment.’

Matt Gill, Owain Tudur Jones and Rhoys Wiggins are still working their way back to full fitness so will again miss out.

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