Defensive poser for gaffer

By Rick Lamb
Last updated : 22 October 2005
Norwich's 4-2 defeat at Luton on Tuesday night left their manager with a number of problems, the most pressing being who to play in central defence in the absence of Calum Davenport.

Davenport's dismissal late on at Kenilworth Road brings forward the inevitable question of how to replace the Spurs man when he returns to White Hart Lane.

The obvious choice would be Craig Fleming, deposed from his seemingly unassailable spot on the right side of the centre when Davenport came on in the loss at Watford. Gary Doherty has excelled in Fleming's position alongside Davenport, having looked uncomfortable on the left. Fleming has now recovered from the virus which ruled him out of the Luton match.

Should Worthington wish to keep Doherty where he continues to impress, he has the option of moving Simon Charlton across the defence. The former Bolton man has featured primarily as a midfielder this term, but has spent the majority of his career at the back, and is left sided. He deputised for the injured Adam Drury at left back on Tuesday, and will do so again should the former Peterborough man fail to recover. An outside bet could be to move Jim Brennan to left back, which would present an opportunity in midfield, which would be likely to go to Dean Marney if fit.

The only other viable option for the manager would be to move ex-PSV Eindhoven defender Jurgen Colin into the centre and include fit-again Matthieu Louis-Jean at right back.

Jason Shackell remains unavailable with an ankle injury, meaning that 17-year-old Rossi Jarvis, whose brother Ryan looks set to feature after scoring in midweek, can hope again for a place on the bench.

Whoever plays, Worthington will be hoping for a more solid display than that which saw his side four goals down at the break on Tuesday, particularly at Loftus Road, where Ian Holloway's Rangers side have won only one of their last six matches.

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