Norwich V QPR at Carrow Road - Match Preview
Updated Friday, 25th November 2011
Martin set for central role again
Russell Martin will continue in central defence for Norwich but the club's injury problems at the back look to be easing.
Central defenders Zak Whitbread and Daniel Ayala came through reserve matches and could be in contention to come off the substitutes' bench in this weekend's Barclays Premier League match against QPR.
Ritchie de Laet is also training again after recovering from a back injury.
Striker James Vaughan is still sidelined with a long-term knee injury, as is centre-back Elliott Ward.
Paul Lambert insists the mid-table encounter is a vital test for his Norwich players.
Currently Norwich lie 11th in the table on 13 points, two behind QPR, and Lambert is aware of the psychological importance of taking on a side who were also promoted last season.
Lambert said: "If we win we can go above them. I always think our home games are vital and we will try everything we can to win.
"They have strengthened very well. They won the Championship last season. We had two hard games against them last season and this will be no different."
The Scot accepts these are the must-win matches and admits his team were taught a lesson by Arsenal last weekend.
Lambert said: "Arsenal are a top side. There is no point comparing us to Arsenal. We were always in the game but they are on another level from a lot of teams. We gave them everything we had.
"You have to be realistic, they are a top side who have qualified for the Champions League last 16 and I'm sure they will be close again.
"We want to win every game, Arsenal or QPR, but we also know the importance of wins against the teams round about you.
"QPR have brought in some big names and this is a huge, huge test for us."
QPR captain Joey Barton is suspended and Heidar Helguson is a doubt after playing only a limited part in training because of an eye injury.
But Fitz Hall, Jay Bothroyd, Jason Puncheon and Adel Taarabt are back.
Matt Connolly (ankle), Kieron Dyer (foot), DJ Campbell (foot) and Brian Murphy (calf) are definitely out.
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