Norwich will be without defender Adam Drury for the visit of Hartlepool.

The left-back injured his thigh during the 2-1 win at Walsall in midweek and is expected to be out for several weeks.

Michael Rose could come in for an instant debut in Drury's place after signing on loan from Stockport until the end of the season.

Captain Grant Holt sits out the second of a three-match ban after his recent red card against Brentford so Oli Johnson will continue to partner Chris Martin in attack.

Martin, 21, took his tally to 17 for the season at Walsall as Paul Lambert's side made it a remarkable 41 points from a possible 45 as they opened up a three-point lead at the top of League One.

Michael Spillane (hamstring) and Jens Berthel Askou (foot) remain sidelined.

Ritchie Humphreys is expected to be fit for Hartlepool.

Midfielder Humphreys took a kick to his Achilles during Tuesday night`s 1-1 draw at home to Gillingham but he has since trained with no problems and should travel.

Forward James Brown remains Pools` only absentee, but he is making steady progress in his recovery from knee ligament damage.

Neil Austin, who grabbed a late equaliser against the Gills with his first goal for the club, has stressed the importance of keeping it tight at the back at Carrow Road.

He told the Hartlepool Mail: "I think it's just minor things and little mistakes we need to cut out. We started the season well away from home with plenty of clean sheets.

"It's important we start getting some more."

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