Chris Powell says he’d have no hesitation in calling on Anthony Gerrard .
The experienced former Cardiff City centre-back is still waiting for his first appearance of the season.
And even though Joel Lynch is out with a groin injury, the signs are Murray Wallace will remain Mark Hudson’s partner at Norwich City.
As in the home Championship win over Brentford last Saturday, Gerrard is set for a place on the bench.
And Powell said: “I’m pleased to have him around.
“When I arrived here (in September) Anthony had been out injured since pre-season.
“He has worked hard to get himself back to a decent level of fitness and has played a number of development games.
“There was some talk of a loan, but nothing transpired ahead of last month’s deadline.
“I’m not upset about that, because he is an experienced player who knows this level.”
Powell added: “Anthony is obviously keen to play.
“But in his absence, Mark Hudson and Joel Lynch formed an effective partnership.
“And we had Murray Wallace sitting there patiently in the wings.
“Anthony is doing the same thing and having spoken to him several times, I know he is ready when needed.”
Powell says his 15th-placed side have been lifted by their 2-1 win over Brentford as they seek a first away victory in six.
“We needed the win, but we also need to build on it,” he said.