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Norwich manager Alex Neil pleased to have selection headaches

Published 02/10/2015

Norwich manager Alex Neil has some selection posers ahead of Saturday's clash with Leicester
Norwich manager Alex Neil has some selection posers ahead of Saturday's clash with Leicester

Norwich manager Alex Neil is ready to do his own bit of tinkering in search of some different options as he aims to get the better of Leicester at Carrow Road on Saturday.

The Canaries hosts Claudio Ranieri's Foxes defending an unbeaten four-match run, which was within moments of including a victory at West Ham before conceding an equaliser deep into stoppage time.

On-loan Irons winger Matt Jarvis - who had netted twice in three appearances - returns to contention having been ineligible against his parent club last weekend, when Robbie Brady staked his claim for a starting berth with the opening goal in what was an entertaining 2-2 draw at Upton Park.

Congo forward Dieurmerci Mbokani, meanwhile, could be handed the opportunity to lead the attack in the Barclays Premier League for the first time since arriving on loan from Dynamo Kiev.

Neil said: "It is a great problem to have. I have three excellent players down that left-hand flank.

"It will be obviously a decision to make and I am pretty clear what I am going to do.

"Then in terms of the top end of the pitch I think Dieumerci is a completely different option to Cameron (Jerome) and once we get him fully up to match speed then I think, depending on who we play, he might be a different option to how we approach things.

"Cameron, so far, has led the line really well for us, but it's good to have that variety."

Aside from the opening day defeat to Crystal Palace and a 3-0 reverse at Southampton, Neil's men have acquitted themselves well back in the top flight following promotion in the play-offs, currently in 12 place.

"We are pleased with our performances and have competed well," said the Scot.

"For how well we have played, we are probably three points short of where we should be, but we are comfortable at this level."

Leicester retained their Premier League status under Nigel Pearson following an impressive end to last season.

Ranieri has continued that work, with last weekend's 5-2 loss to Arsenal a first league defeat.

"He has done well, has come in and picked up a lot of points early, which is always good," Neil said to Norwich City TV.

"If we beat them though, we can go above them so that just shows how well we have started as well.

"We are confident going into the game, and are really determined, particularly at home, to make sure we force that and get the three points."

Belgian international midfielder Vadis Ojidja-Ofoe has returned to Norwich from a spell at Rotherham, while 21-year-old forward Jamar Loza has joined Sky Bet League Two side Stevenage on a one-month emergency loan.

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