Chris Hughton has confirmed that Russell Martin is still not fit enough for first team action with Norwich.

The defender is still suffering from an injury to his back that he sustained in Norwich’s draw with Aston Villa, so Steven Whittaker will continue deputising for him.

The Canaries face Manchester United this weekend.

Though Hughton admits Martin is still out, he is not experiencing many injury issues.

He said: “Russell Martin, who missed the last couple of games, is still not available, but apart from that we’re OK. We thought Russ was going to be okay for the last game, but it’s one that has dragged on a little bit. We’re expecting him to train on Monday and Tuesday and continue to progress.”

He has also confirmed that as well as Steven Whittaker, who took part in Scotland’s international fixtures against Luxembourg, Wes Hoolahan and John Ruddy have also come back from duty for their national teams unscathed. He said: “The three lads that were away on international duty – John Ruddy, Steven Whittaker, and Wes Hoolahan are all fine.”

Chris Hughton has made it clear that he wants his team to stay away from the bottom three of the Premier League table.

He said: “It gives us a little bit of comfort that we’re not in the bottom three. But although we’re picking up points and playing well, we have some very tough games coming up where – unless you’re on top of your game – it can be difficult. But we’re delighted that we’ve kept away from that bottom three and it’s our responsibility to continue to do that.”

Norwich will be hoping for a different result from that of the same fixture last season, where Manchester United beat them 1-2 with Ryan Giggs scoring the winner in injury time.

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