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Norwich City's postponed trip to Leicester City will hopefully end up being a blessing in disguise

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This weekend’s FA Cup third round tie against Charlton could hardly have come at a better time for Norwich City.

Depleted by a mixture of Covid absentees and injuries, Dean Smith’s side have been battered from pillar to post in recent weeks.

Bearing that in mind – and wearing my yellow and green tinted spectacles – the agreement of the Premier League to postpone the New Year’s Day trip to Leicester could turn out to be something of a blessing in disguise. With the players who would have been at Smith’s disposal, I really don’t see how we could have picked up a result at the King Power Stadium.

Norwich City supporter Edward Seaman
Norwich City supporter Edward Seaman

The postponement means by the time we take to the field at West Ham on Wednesday night, it will have been 15 days since our last Premier League outing.

That means 15 days for the likes of Teemu Pukki, Tim Krul, Grant Hanley, Max Aarons, Milot Rashica and Mathais Normann to move closer to a return to action.

I highlight those six because with the noise from the club suggesting it is going to be a quiet January transfer window, they are the players who really need to step up if we are going to fight against relegation.

Admittedly, after five straight defeats it feels like we are a million miles away from survival right now, but ultimately we are only three points behind 17th-placed Watford. We have also won more games than both Burnley and Newcastle.

When I say the FA Cup break comes at a good time for us, I don’t mean it to come as any disrespect to the competition.

Whoever Smith selects in the starting XI, we have to expect to come through the tie against the League One side. Most importantly, the match will provide Smith with an opportunity to get minutes in the legs of those who have been absent over the festive period – particularly Rashica and Hanley assuming, of course, they are ready for action.