Lambert waiting on Downes, Norwood, Keane and Huws ahead of Southend trip

Town boss Paul Lambert has provided an update on his squad ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Roots Hall.

Kane Vincent-Young returned to the team on Wednesday and seems to be over his groin injury but Flynn Downes was an unused substitute for the game.

The England U20 international injured his hip on international duty last week but Lambert seemed confident Downes could be included tomorrow.

“He seems alright,” said Lambert. “He trained yesterday. If there any problems I’m pretty sure I’ll find out shortly.”

Downes has missed both games which Town have lost after being an ever present the rest of the campaign, when asked if he is a key player in the side Lambert replied: “He’s started the season brilliantly, he really has, he’s been excellent with his form,” the Blues boss enthused.

“Going away with England is great for him, it gives him a different experience.

“The last two games people have said ‘This player’s out, that player’s out, that’s why we lost the game’. But that’s not the case because the guys that came in are really good players in their own right. We lost the games because collectively we weren’t good enough in the two games.

“Flynn coming back, it gives me a problem, do I put him back in or do I wait? But when he was in the team he was playing really, really well.”

Another player on his way back from injury is James Norwood, the striker coming on for 20 minutes on Wednesday night playing for the first time since his groin surgery during international duty.

Lambert replied: “Not at the minute, no. We’ll see how he is this morning. Is he fit enough to start? I don’t know. He’s a unique kind of guy. I’ll have a chat with him and see how he feels.”

Will Keane and Emyr Huws were both rested at Accrington Stanley in favour for Wednesday against Rotherham, but playing back to back games could be too much for the pair still.

“They’re getting better, that’s the great thing about the two of them,” said Lambert. “It’s just about seeing how they feel and how quickly they can regroup and get the intensity back.”

Andre Dozzell and Toto Nsiala were both thrown in and then substituted at half time at Accrington Stanley followed by not even being in the squad against Rotherham midweek. Lambert said that’s no reflection based on the opening 45 minutes at The Wham Stadium.

“It was no slant on those two lads coming off,” said Lambert. “It was just the decision I made to see if we could try and get back in the game. They’ll be a huge part of things going forwards. I don’t have any problems with the two of them being involved.”

One player who came out of the Rotherham game was loanee Anthony Georgiou, coming on as a second half substitute. The Spurs loanee has made seven appearances for Town, all from the bench, when asked if he could be in line for a start soon, Lambert replied: “I’ll decide. I’ve got a lot of options. Whenever he’s come off the bench he’s done well for us.”

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