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Gunn fitness boost for City



The Scotland international has not played since suffering a muscular injury to his left leg in the 3-2 home league defeat to Leeds on October 21.

Gunn also missed the final two Euro2024 qualifiers for his country after playing a major role in helping the Scots reach next summer’s finals.

But the City number one could be back in contention for this Sunday’s upcoming league trip to Bristol City, if he can prove his fitness after Tuesday’s Vicarage Road test.

Adam Forshaw (hamstring) is also closing in on a return, with captain Grant Hanley set to resume his longer term comeback from an Achilles injury after damaging his hamstring.

“With Grant, hopefully the week after Bristol. We have to see whether that is the beginning or the end of the week,” said Wagner, speaking at Colney on Monday lunchtime. “But everything looks quite positive at the minute that he will be back in training next week.

“We expect them (Gunn and Forshaw) back for training after the Watford game. So the rest of the week, the second half of the week, they will be back in training. And if this means they can be in contention for Bristol, we will decide.

“Maybe it’s a slightly fortunate the Bristol game is on a Sunday, not a Saturday, and that gives us one day more. But both will be back for the second part of this week in training.”

Wagner reported no fresh fitness issues from those on duty for Saturday’s 1-0 Carrow Road win over QPR. But Jon Rowe (heel) and Przemyslaw Placheta (foot) will be late calls again for Watford after missing out at the weekend.

Ashley Barnes suffered no adverse reaction from his first 90 minutes since late September, following a return from a knee ligament injury.

“Like before the last game we have to assess later today (Monday). And maybe we make the call tomorrow morning what makes sense for them,” said the Norwich boss. “As I said to look from day to day with both isn’t a major issue.

“But obviously it’s something which can rule them out for one or the other games. Nothing is decided yet. With (Placheta) it was not in training it was a private incident which he had, so it’s nothing serious. But unfortunately, obviously very painful.

“Everybody else looked fine. Obviously the one or other knock, but nothing serious. So it looks that everybody who was available for selection on Saturday will be ready for selection as well. (Barnes) He’s fine. Fitness-wise he looked top to be fair. Sunday when we were in he was fine as well. So no issues with him.

“How big his fitness will be for (Watford) we will assess tomorrow morning. Will he start or will he not start is something we have to decide? I didn’t expect as well that he will play 90 in his first game. He looked super fit.

“So a big compliment for him and for our physical department, for our rehab department as well how they assessed him in recent weeks was just top class, because this is the reason why he was able to play the 90 minute plus on Saturday.”

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