Date: 16th September 2008 at 3:56pm
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Vital Norwich’s player of the month for August Darel Russell will be fit for tomorrow night’s Coca-Cola Championship clash against QPR at Carrow Road (19:45).

Russell underwent a double hernia operation just a couple of weeks ago but still managed to complete 89 minutes in the win over Plymouth on Saturday, and although he wasn’t entirely comfortable on Sunday, City boss Glenn Roeder believes he will fine for the game.

Quoted in the Evening News, Roeder said “Rusty came through ok. He was a little bit sore, which was to be expected, on Sunday morning. I don’t see that’s going to be a problem”.

What may be a problem for Roeder is where to play the 27-year-old. Impressive performances in midfield and up front this season have made Russell ‘Mr. Versatile’ in the Canaries side, but the former QPR defender is delighted to have another option in his squad:

‘What he’s done as a striker, I have to say he’s done equally as well. There will be football judges who say he’s actually done better as a striker. It was a really pleasant surprise how well he played up through the middle.

‘He certainly more than proved his worth. It’s another important string to his bow and because he’s got physical presence and such high energy levels, he wouldn’t be nice to play against.

‘I could easily see Antoine Sibierski and Darel Russell playing up front together.’

Who would you start up front against the Hoops – and what does this all mean for last season`s top scorer Jamie Cureton? Have your say by leaving a comment below…