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Norwich City team news: Nelson Oliveira and Graham Dorrans fit to face Barnsley

PUBLISHED: 16:11 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:11 17 March 2017

Nelson Oliveira is back in the mix for Barnsley's visit after recovering from a hairline fracture of his foot. 
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Nelson Oliveira is back in the mix for Barnsley's visit after recovering from a hairline fracture of his foot. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Fit-again Norwich City duo Nelson Oliveira and Graham Dorrans are in contention for Barnsley's Championship visit.

Interim manager Alan Irvine delivered the positive injury bulletin on Friday afternoon at Colney, with Oliveira recovering from a foot injury and Dorrans also back following a long term knee problem.

Both have trained all week and Irvine believes they are ready to be brought back in the first team fold to face the Reds. Oliveira had scored 12 goals in 23 outings season, including a thumping long range strike at Oakwell prior to Christmas, before damaging his foot against former loan club Nottingham Forest.

Dorrans has not played since suffering a freak knee ligament injury at Reading on Boxing Day.

“Nelson and Graham are both back in the squad,” confirmed Irvine. “That is great news on both fronts because they are important players for us. They have trained all week, and trained well all week. Dozzer has been out since December and Nelson had the suspension followed fairly soon by the injury. Prior to that they were playing well. The feeling was we would have a look at them over the course of this week and make a decision. Graham has done a lot of rehab work.

“We have a couple of injury and illness issues that we hope will be resolved by matchday. Unfortunately I have not been able to name the team, which I would normally do by this stage of the week, but I am waiting for confirmation on a couple of players really.

“I have enjoyed the week. It is good to have worked so intensely with the players as I have done. From their point of view they have been very good on the training ground. Just as I expect, extremely professional, worked hard and there has been a good atmosphere around training.

“I have done it how I myself would approach a week on the training field, so there were some slightly different training methods and practices; just because that is how I work. I am not saying it is because that is better or worse than what has gone before. I didn’t have any problem with the methods before. We all have our own style and how we try to get messages across. Hopefully that has prepared the players in the right way but time will tell.”

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