Canaries plug gap at the back

NORWICH today moved to plug a defensive hole ahead of Sunday's derby date with Ipswich.Centre-half Leigh Bromby moved on a month's loan from Sheffield Wednesday and is set for a dramatic debut at the weekend.

By Mel Henderson

NORWICH today moved to plug a defensive hole ahead of Sunday's derby date with Ipswich.

Centre-half Leigh Bromby moved on a month's loan from Sheffield Wednesday and is set for a dramatic debut at the weekend.

The Canaries, who revived their play-off challenge with victory at Sheffield United on Saturday, will be without the suspended Malky Mackay at the weekend.


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And boss Nigel Worthington admitted: "I would have no worries about throwing him in for the derby game.

"It's a change of scenery for him and a fresh challenge. We are trying to add to what we've already got and he has been brought in to increase the competition for places."

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Bromby, 22, has spent his entire career at Hillsborough. A graduate of the club's youth system, he has made 78 senior appearances.

He was a regular choice this season but has not featured since the Owls' FA Cup exit at Gillingham last month.

Ironically, he will be back at Priestfield Stadium tomorrow night, when he is likely to be on the bench as Mackay plays his last game before serving a one-game ban.

Norwich are not without their problems as they look to extend a good derby record – Ipswich have not won in seven visits to Carrow Road.

Midfielder Phil Mulryne is nursing a back injury and his likely replacement, Darel Russell, has an ankle problem that virtually rules him out at the weekend.

Mulryne is rated touch and go for the visit to Gillingham, while striker David Nielsen is also struggling with a toe infection.

The Canaries' win at Bramall Lane was their first away success since September and ended a depressing run of six league games without a victory.

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