Norwich City positive on Grant Holt derby fitness

Grant Holt
Holt passed a fitness test to play against Forest on Friday

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert is confident his fitness gamble with striker Grant Holt has paid off.

The 30-year-old played the full 90 minutes against Nottingham Forest on Friday with a slight hamstring tear.

And Lambert expects Holt to make the starting line-up for Thursday's East Anglian derby against Ipswich Town.

He told BBC Radio Norfolk: "He's OK, it's a risk we took that thankfully paid off. He seems to be OK, we'll see how he is but hopefully he's alright."

Holt, who netted a hat-trick in November's 4-1 win over Town, said earlier in the week: "If I couldn't move around or run I wouldn't play.

"I've got however long it is to recover and we'll work with the physios and make sure it's perfect for next week.

"We said we'd take the gamble and thankfully it worked and I came through it.

"Now I've got to rest, do it right and get ready."

Left-back Marc Tierney is set to get his first taste of the atmosphere between the Norfolk and Suffolk rivals since his move to Carrow Road in January.

But he knows the Canaries enter the clash with the added incentive of climbing to second in the Championship should they win.

"As a group of lads we put pressure on ourselves throughout the season to do well," said the 25-year-old.

"We know it means so much to the fans and it means so much to us as well to get one over on our rivals.

"Portman Road is a tough place to go, it will definitely be a hard game for us.

"We've got four games to go, every one of them is massive, and it doesn't get any bigger than this one."