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Norwich City boss Lambert ready to make his move in loan market

PUBLISHED: 13:39 21 February 2011 | UPDATED: 13:39 21 February 2011

Paul Lambert is in the process of lining up an experienced defender on loan after losing Leon Barnett for the rest of the season with a hamstring problem that is likely to need surgery. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Paul Lambert is in the process of lining up an experienced defender on loan after losing Leon Barnett for the rest of the season with a hamstring problem that is likely to need surgery. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

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Norwich City boss Paul Lambert was still hoping to add a loan signing to his squad today - after suffering a double setback before the 2-2 draw at Leeds.

Striker Chris Martin will be out “for a good while” after suffering a hamstring injury in training, while midfielder Simon Lappin missed the match at Elland Road after being rushed to hospital with appendicitis on Friday night.

It left City with just six substitutes on the bench at Leeds.

Lambert was already in the process of lining up an experienced defender on loan after losing Leon Barnett for the rest of the season with a hamstring problem that is likely to need surgery.

Weekend reports suggested Blackpool’s former Wolves centre-half, Rob Edwards, was the loan target, with the Canaries said to have pipped Derby for his services.

“I’m trying to get somebody in at the minute and I hope that will transpire,” said Lambert.

Martin did not travel to Leeds, but Lappin was a late casualty.

“He (Martin) will be out for a good while with his hamstring. He did that on Thursday,” said Lambert after the game. “Simon was rushed to hospital last night with appendicitis.”

Midfielder Matt Gill will help boost numbers for City.

He was set to return after playing the final match of his loan spell at Walsall, a 2-0 defeat at Colchester.

Meanwhile, Lambert was delighted with a draw from a full-blooded encounter at Elland Road.

“I think a point was a fair result – we could have nicked it and Leeds could have nicked it at the death,” he said.

“This is a hard, hard place to come with the crowd they have behind their back.

“But put it this way, we gave as good as we got.”

City slipped from third to fifth in the Championship table after victories for Nottingham Forest and Swansea, but Lambert insisted: “I don’t really bother about the table at this minute because I know how many games there are still to go.

“But what we’ve done is made it exciting for everybody connected with ourselves.

“We’re in the mix along with Leeds and a few others.”

He had special praise for defender Zak Whitbread’s display on his recall to the starting line-up, only his eighth start for City and his 13th appearance for the club in all.

“He was outstanding. That’s as good a centre-half performance as I’ve seen in a long time,” said Lambert.

“I’m delighted for him because I’m quite sure people have been questioning why we brought him here when he was not fit.

“So the way he’s performed in the big games for me, it’s here for everyone to see he’s a top-class centre-half.”

Lambert also described goalkeeper John Ruddy’s stoppage time save from Billy Paynter as “brilliant”, adding: “Big players always produce in big moments and he did it.”

Goalscorer Wes Hoolahan was another praised for his performance.

“His goal was brilliant the way he took it but when Wes plays like that he’s unplayable at times,” said Lambert.

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