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City wait on Croft's fitness

PUBLISHED: 10:48 24 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:46 03 July 2010

Bryan Gunn is sweating on the fitness of winger Lee Croft as he prepares for the Norwich City's huge season finale at Carrow Road on Monday.

The winger is rated only 50-50 by the City boss after limping out of Sunday's East Anglian derby with a little over 20 minutes remaining.

Bryan Gunn is sweating on the fitness of winger Lee Croft as he prepares for the Norwich City's huge season finale at Carrow Road on Monday.

The winger is rated only 50-50 by the City boss after limping out of Sunday's East Anglian derby with a little over 20 minutes remaining.

Croft suffered damage to his calf and has spent the early part of the week under the care of City's physio department as they battle to get the 23-year-old ready for the home game against Reading.

“He's in charge of the physio at the moment, recovering from a calf injury,” said Canaries boss Gunn.

“I'd probably rate him 50-50 at the moment, but the fact we have got two extra days in terms of recovery will give him every opportunity to be fit for the match and I'm sure that all the fit players will be wanting to be selected for the last home game of the season at Carrow Road in front of 25,000.

“There weren't any other injuries, everyone will be on the training pitch. There will be a restful day on Friday and then we'll be in over the weekend, on Saturday and Sunday in preparation for the match.”

While Gunn has just the one genuine concern, his opposite number, Steve Coppell has seen luck go against him as the season reaches its closing stages.

The Reading manager has just two fit strikers, in Shane Long and Dave Kitson, after injuries to leading scorer Kevin Doyle, Noel Hunt and out-of-favour former Canaries loan player Leroy Lita.

Doyle is expected to resume training tomorrow after missing the last three games with a knee injury, and could make the swquad for Monday.

But Hunt's foot injury is being monitored, while Lita has had a minor ankle operation and is now recuperating.

Coppell could have Chris Armstrong back after he missed the Derby game with a minor knee problem, Dan Harding taking his place at left back.

Midfielder James Harper is definitely out because of a groin problem, but Brynjar Gunnarsson and Graeme Murty both returned for the reserves against Southampton on Wednesday afternoon. Ivar Ingimarsson is a long-term absentee after a knee operation.

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