Naismith to face Swans

3 Mar

Alex Neil says Steven Naismith missed the defeat against Chelsea as a precaution and should be fit to face Swansea.

Norwich: Naismith to face SwansNorwich: Naismith to face Swans

The Scottish forward was missing on Tuesday night as the Canaries slipped to a 2-1 defeat and Neil has revealed he is carrying a niggle that they did not want to aggravate.

The Swansea fixture has added importance, given Norwich’s predicament, and Neil says he was not prepared to take chances on such a crucial player.

Neil said of his fellow Scot: “He was just carrying a slight niggle. His scores are down in the tests we do on the players so that suggests he is not well.

“He has not played three (full) games (in a row) in two years at Everton so obviously we have a huge game on Saturday and it would have been a huge risk to play him in this one and it wasn’t one I was prepared to take.”

The Canaries were left battered and bruised as midfielder Alex Tettey went to hospital for a precautionary X-Ray on a leg injury, while Gary O’Neil needed stitches following a clash of heads which saw Robbie Brady lose two teeth and chip another.


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