Holt concern for Canaries

Striker struggling with knock, as Francomb pens new deal

Holt: Crucial to Norwich's cause

Francomb: Delighted to have penned new deal

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Norwich are sweating on the fitness of Grant Holt ahead of their meeting with Nottingham Forest.

The Canaries will play host to their fellow promotion chasers on Friday in a crunch clash at Carrow Road.

They may, however, be without the services of their leading goalscorer and talismanic skipper.

Ex-Forest striker Holt is struggling with a hamstring problem picked up against Watford on Tuesday and is now facing a race against time to face his former employers.

Canaries boss Paul Lambert said: "I'm not a doctor so we will see what is up with Grant. I'm hoping it is just cramp. Mother Nature will dictate whether he will be available for us on Friday.

"He is a big leader for us but if he is out our other boys will have to step up."

Starlet

Meanwhile, Norwich have tied teenage defender George Francomb down on a new deal.

The academy graduate, who has made four senior appearances this season, has signed up for another 12 months with the option of a further year.

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"I'm over the moon to sign another deal," Francomb told the club's official website.

"Hopefully I can play a few more games and carry on working hard. The gaffer and the rest of the staff have been great for me.

"I've played one game this season and then played 15 games for Barnet on loan so it's been a good season for me."

Lambert said: "He's got a great chance to try and do something in the profession. He deserves this opportunity."

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