Anthony Pilkington and Alex Tettey set for Norwich City returns against Hull

Anthony Pilkington tangles with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on his last Norwich City performance at St James' Park. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Anthony Pilkington tangles with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on his last Norwich City performance at St James' Park. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Friday, January 17, 2014
6:00 AM

Alex Tettey and Anthony Pilkington are ready for Norwich City returns on Saturday – but manager Chris Hughton admitted they are “helpless” to ease Jonny Howson’s own injury absence.

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Ankle surgery following a last-minute tackle at home to Cardiff has ruled Tettey out of action since October, after the midfielder had looked to be recapturing the best form seen in his first season in the Premier League. Pilkington’s injury-hit season saw him last appear in the defeat at Newcastle in November, where he picked up another hamstring strain.

Both could return for Hull’s visit this weekend – although it will be Friday when Hughton decides how much involvement they face.

“Anthony and Alex will still be in the squad,” confirmed the City manager. “We will make a decision then because although they’ve done a lot of good training, Alex especially has been out for a good period of time – less so Pilky. We will make that decision but at this moment, they will both be in this squad.”

That won’t be the case for Howson, whose back injury sustained in training ahead of the goalless draw at Sunderland before Christmas continues to be an issue – both for the midfielder and the Canaries.

Howson had arguably been City’s player of the season before his absence – but for now it is a case of waiting for nature rather than giving his recovery a helping hand.

“We’re helpless at the moment and it’s just really going to be a case of it settling down,” added Hughton. “We are not thinking of anything more serious than that – like an operation or so. Unfortunately it’s got to settle down to a big enough degree that he can start working again.”

Michael Turner (hamstring) and Elliott Bennett (knee) remain on the sidelines alongside Howson.

32 comments

  • We did have van Wolfswinkel and Hooper starting together at Everton together the other day so it's clearly in CH's mind to work on that. Hopefully our stronger midfield can provide service.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Based on what we've been told could be avaliable tomorrow Id Personally have GK:Ruddy, DL: Olsson, DR: Whittaker, DCS: Bassong & Bennett, MCS: Tettey & Fer, ML: Gutierrez, MR: Redmond, ST: RVW & Hooper (Subs:Bunn,Pilks,Snod,Elmander,Martin,Johnson & Wes). End of the day it wont be this, as I personally doubt Tettey or Pilks will be fit enough to start or even make the bench despite Hughton saying otherwise. Undecided whether to play 1 up top with Wes behind or 2 up top. Hughtons line up will be vastly different to mine either way as the likes of Snoddy will be 100% nailed on starters. Depending how Hull line up with there new players will result in us knowing whether Hull is the right game to go old school with a 4-4-2. With a MF containing Bradley Johnson its always gonna be a case of watching centre backs lump it forward as they have no way of connecting DF to Attack with him in the middle giving the ball away. Against Everton he managed 56% pass completion compared to Leroy Fer's 100%, Osmans 96% & Barry's 96%. No point having Hooper & RVW up there if were not going to play football that creates real fox in the box type chances for them. To do that we require someone who can come collect the ball off the back line and give it to the wingers and other danger men like Carrick tries to for Man Utd, Leon Britton does for Swansea, Huddlestone does for Hull etc....like wise If Mr Hughton could find a way to make use of Wes im sure we'd make chances for the front men against a side like Hull. There the kind of team Wes can be effective against and hurt. Sadly though im Sure Chris will pick a less than inspiring team and rely on lumped balls forward to RVW & Hooper who will then be moaned at for not being target men. Similar im sure all our moves will break down the minute Snod gets the ball and tries to cut in and dives when he has two men standing in his cut in direction. Heres hoping anyway. :)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Dave T: - E. Bennett has been the subject of an amicable difference of opinion between Lobbo and me for quite some time now. Come on Lobbo, ol` pal, let`s have a little `failure to agree` session! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Mattias - is that true, of Hoolahan? Bit unprofessional isn't it? I thought warming up pre-kick off and at half-time would be compulsory. Surprised if it's not. You may be right about Tettey & Pilks - "in the squad" is what Hughton said. I think Pilks will get the bench but Tettey won't.

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    MancCanary

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • So, RVW and Hooper, Wes in the hole, Pilkington and Redmond on the sides of midfield, Tetty central midfield (oops, sounds a bit too close to a diamond for CH) and then we just have to Russell up some reliable defenders...

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Hoolahan hasnt actually bothered to warm up of late. Thats how much belief he has he will be called upon.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Not disagreeing Sharky. Its sad testiment when Johnson has actually been one of the better players during this truly horrific period. Just wish Johnson had the technically ability the likes of Fer, Howson & co have. Shame as he gives his all at least!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Just as well their not using Tarot cards, Stew. They`d probably get a full deck of Grim Reapers, like poor old Father Ted. I honestly think Hoots should start without Snodgrass whatever else happens. I`m not writing Snods off as a player but he should be `rested` IMHO.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Are you not a Danny deVito fan, Mattias? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Midfield has been mediocre at best since Tettey was injured. If he plays Pilkington I hope he drops Snodgrass to the bench in favour of Redmond.

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    Dave T

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Bennetts injury is norwich's loss, good team player, and effective. Pilkingtons form worries me and while snodgrass' work rate is superb his team ethic is non existant. Hoops and wolfie together with wes on the feed please . And i reiterate..... How there hasnt been a change already is beyond me, i dont think its far away now mind.

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    marcohendy

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • BRILLIANT WACLOR REAL GOOD INTERVIEW.

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    yarco

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Agree Brewer, I would prefer Bennett to either of them

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    Dave T

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • …..Pilkington has moments of excellence if my memory serves me right!.....If he is chosen to play from the start, what are his chances of completing 90 mins?....Therefore a substitute of equal ability has to be available....The same applies with Tettey!....May I suggest to Mr Hughton... that in the interest of self preservation he chooses his substitute bench first, and carefully when considering who can join Benchio and Hoolahan in the card school...There is nothing more frustrating than being called upon to strip off and play football when you have been dealt a King and an Ace!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • i'd bet alot of money neither Pilks or Tettey is even on the bench let alone starting. Lets pick and choose Pilks games carefully. He usually tends to get through a full 90mins and look a world beater and get injured in the following game, or training, or going to the shop for some milk, or getting out of bed, or breathing....etc...you get my point.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Spot on chap. Hooper & RVW together could work, in the right games. BUT we have to provide for them. They are predators, fox in the box types and require real chances. The kind of chance where they could go 89 mins without doing a thing (to some peoples great anger I bet lol) but pop up with that winning goal should the chance be made. If we continue as we have during the entire Hughton spell in charge we wont make that elusive chance. Lumped balls to non target men playing a target man role simply isnt going to work. So no point complaining at RVW & Hooper when things dont work. That appears a flavour of the month at the minute. They are doing the best in a role they are no specialised in.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • The date: Saturday 18th January 2014. The time 5.10 pm Interview Chris Hughton: "I fort we was unlucky. We had more of the possession for the first ten minutes and I fort we was still in the game until their fird goal went in in the eighteenff minute. A couple of the lads was short of match practice and I fort we lacked that bit of quality in the final fird. But Hull are a quality team. They have some good players and blah blah blah blah blah. No I am not finking about being sacked. I am confident we can turn this round................................" You heard it here first folks.

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    waclor

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Great to get these 2 back, Pilkingtons crossing will hopefully be an improvement on recent efforts.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Statistics lie. Fer was a passenger at Everton. Johnson wasnt. One was trying to go forward. The other couldnt care less. Very disappointing.

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    sharky

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Maybe cross breading is the answer after all lol....or not. We'd prob end up with a 4ft muscle man who cant string sentences together or pass a ball to a member of our team. Unless picking Delia out in the directors box while under no pressure counts. Grr!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Bennetts injury is norwich's loss, good team player, and effective. Pilkingtons form worries me and while snodgrass' work rate is superb his team ethic is non existant. Hoops and wolfie together with wes on the feed please . And i reiterate..... How there hasnt been a change already is beyond me, i dont think its far away now mind.

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    marcohendy

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Mattias - hahah maybe that's it! Yeah I agree he should be playing. I'd be willing to bet that ANY new manager if we got one would play him. When he used to play, it was 910 always his name that would be mentioned by opposition players and managers in pre-match comments. He's dangerous and unpredictable. And without him, we're the opposite.

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    MancCanary

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • I don't quite agree with people about E Bennett - lovely lad, but he has never held down a place for a decent run of games. I'd welcome him back with open arms, but I don't think he's as effective or as sorely missed as Pilkington. He was however, better at tracking back than anyone if I remember rightly.

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    MancCanary

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Agree, Many including Hughton appear to have forgotten that though. yes he can be frustrating or lose the ball at times but at least he loses it while trying to create something rather than when under no possession like Mr Johnson often does. Watch the Snake Pit tomorrow....they will be singing at the Hull subs "your poop thats why your a sub" (obviously another word goes instead poop lol)....then suddenly the NCFC subs will run down and they will suddenly stop. Happens every week. Better than cheering for a player like Bony to come on though like against Swansea I suppose.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • What a great shame that Tettey and Howson have been out so long. It looked like, together with Fer, they could`ve been our midfield solution. Back problems always worry me - they seem to drag on so. We also miss E. Bennett`s unselfish endeavour. Note "unselfish" Snods...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Howson player of the season? How was that worked out? Not one goal or assist from a supposedly creative and attacking midfielder. Granted that may be partly due to the way Hughton sets out the team. I am often left wondering what Howson actually does in the team though.

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    midoriyo

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I'm having an afternoon off from this never ending plucking. Trying to keep up with the happenings at Carrow Road.(happenings or non happenings) take your pick. Yes I do watch the matches involving the local Premiership side. I saw them against Fulham again and cannot come to terms with professional footballers being so poorly organised.. The things they lack are shape and balance. This must lay at the door of the manager whose job it is to instruct his coaching staff to pull the loose ends together. If they can't do that, and it seems they can't, then he must replace them with others that can. Having failed to understand that much he must take a good look at himself in the mirror and realise that this job may be just too big for him. To retain his sanity and that of others around him, he should be looking to move to a lower division where he may be able to cope. Now having said that, I am available for consultation from 3rd February until the end of April should I be required. Meanwhile I have another fortnight of pheasant plucking with other pleasant pheasant pluckers watching the feathers fly!

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    Pa Snipps

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Oh no he warms up. Dont think there is anything into my comment. Sure he warms up HT (im in the bar). But where I sit in the lower barclay is right infront of where the subs warm up during the game and although not every game, quite often we've noticed Hoolahan hasn't done a warm up while all the others strut down to a round of applause and do a few stretches. On a side note maybe he doesn't bother because the moronic snake pit always sing the same song to the other teams subs (you know the one - "your Poop thats why your a sub")....then the NCFC subs come out and they shut up. Maybe the song hurts the poor lil guys feelings. Should be on the pitch at the end of the day on a serious note.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Dont think its healthy to call anyone a potential Player of the Season at the minute. Even Howson. Hes 100% improved on when he joined us but if he hadn't been so poor when he first joined I doubt anyone would be going to town on his performances. Certainly could do with him now as technical ability wise hes important.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Dont think its healthy to call anyone a potential Player of the Season at the minute. Even Howson. Hes 100% improved on when he joined us but if he hadn't been so poor when he first joined I doubt anyone would be going to town on his performances. Certainly could do with him now as technical ability wise hes important.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • What we need is a Fox-Johnson hybrid!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Will be very good to see them both back...

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, January 17, 2014

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