Strikers in cup intrigue

Last updated : 01 January 2009 By Rick Lamb
Leroy Lita and Antoine Sibierski's fates until the summer could have been decided to a large degree by the contrasting actions of their clubs ahead of the weekend's FA Cup Third round.

Wigan boss Steve Bruce has given injury-plagued Sibierski the go ahead to play for Norwich in their clash with Charlton at the Valley. The move suggests Sibierski is not wanted back at the JJB Stadium and, with most likely suitors hoping for at least a couple of rounds progress in the FA Cup, the decision to allow Glenn Roeder to cup tie the striker points to a lengthy stay in Norfolk.

Conversely, the Reading Chronicle reports that Leroy Lita, who has for the moment returned to the Madejski Stadium following his loan period at Carrow Road, could feature in the Royals' tie at Cardiff.

Steve Coppell is said to want to rest the likes of Kevin Doyle and Noel Hunt ahead of a close promotion run-in, and Lita would then come to the fore. The ex-England under-21 striker had been touted for a £300,000 permanent switch to Norwich, but the chances of that would dwindle should he feature in the cup unless of course Roeder's men fall to defeat in South East London.

Jamie Cureton, whose goals are propelling Barnsley clear of the foot of the Championship, is not likely to feature for his loan club, which again could signal a return to his parent club, Norwich, particularly if Lita looks unlikely to remain.