Chris Hughton - Norwich City’s Jonny Howson can soften Leroy Fer’s injury blow

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson made a successful return in Tuesday's 2-1 Premier League development win over Everton. Photo: Bill Smith Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson made a successful return in Tuesday's 2-1 Premier League development win over Everton. Photo: Bill Smith

Saturday, March 1, 2014
6:30 AM

Chris Hughton wants Jonny Howson to cushion the blow of Leroy Fer’s hamstring injury.

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The Dutch international has been ruled out of this weekend’s Premier League trip to Aston Villa after suffering the setback in training on Thursday. Hughton is still awaiting a full diagnosis from City’s medical team before assessing how he plans for Fer’s potential longer term absence, but Howson’s return will fill the short-term gap. The influential midfielder successfully came through a 60-minute midweek development league outing after his own long term lay-off and Hughton would have no fears recalling him at Villa Park.

“He has been a big miss for us,” said Hughton. “That is not taking anything away from the rest of the lads. Equally Alex (Tettey) coming back in has been a big plus for us, Bradley Johnson is in really good form but, yes, when Jon was injured he was arguably having his best spell in the team. It is good to have him back.

“Jon is a naturally fit lad. He has been out for a period of time but that initial period when you return you are full of life and enthusiasm and then it can sometimes level off but I would have no problems with Jonny and his fitness.”

Hughton insisted yesterday it was too early to put a timeline on Fer’s absence amid reports he could be out for to six to 10 weeks.

“No, that is wild speculation. That is wide of the mark,” he said. “We’ll certainly be able to give a clearer picture in the next few days but anybody coming up with periods of time has to be unfounded because at this particular moment we don’t know ourselves. It is a big blow because of the timing going into these last 11 games or so of the season, but it’s an opportunity for others.”

12 comments

  • I sometimes wonder why we appear to be so `unlucky` with injuries. Are we worse afflicted than our competitors? If so, why? As Gary Player said once (or more), `The harder I practice, the luckier I get` (ish). Perhaps our Board Statistician, Lincs Canary, can throw some statistical evidence on our injury rates and how they compare with other clubs`. It might shed some light on the efficacy of our shed-load of Sports Scientists, Fitness Trainers, Nutritionists, Psychologists and Grief Counsellors. Could be a potential cost-saving exercise for Machianalli.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • We look so much better with five in midfield, against Spurs Fer had the freedom to get forward and support. I'd put Howson straight in against Villa in an otherwise unchanged line up. Redmond was poor against Spurs but he's hot a cold largely due to his age but he's a threat on the counter attack. I'd stick with RVW too, thought he had his best game yet and I like the look of Yobo, adds some steel as our recent run of clean sheets show. I'm optimistic we have enough to stay up if we can continue to play as well as we have in the last four games.

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    Rosario

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • never thought I would be saying this but YES there are signs of improvement over the last few games and the clean sheets are priceless.Yes to Howson straight into the side if he tires then look to the bench. We simply have got to go for it from the first whistle , stick away a couple of early chances and wait for the Villa fansto turn on Paul Lambert!!!! IF we can start a little run following on from Spurs safety is well within our grasp. However we have to show the who dares wins attitude cos no one is going to do us any favours.

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    Mawther07

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Could Snodgrass play middle of 3 with redmond on the right and Pilkington on the left?

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    tunsteadtiger

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I bet Robert would get the left end of the bench for his right cheek ;-) Btw, I`ve forgiven you, Stew. Even came in on your side on another board. Probably some will find that `offensive`, somehow. Now to sign the Happy Clappers` Loyalty Oath:- OTBC!!!! IHIT!!!! CCIG!!!! WALOB!!!! Deportation for The Detractors. The Periphery for the Dissenters. Double votes for the Decent Folk!!!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Reserve team football TK? unfortunately that went out oif the window several years ago, which doesn't help first team squad players from returning from injury or poor form. Nevertheless, in todays world of fitnss trainers, sports scientists and the like, players who have not been playing regularly should have the fitness levels if not the sharpness to come straight back in. Sunday would be a good time to put Howson straight in, but don't forget Wes, he will be trying to prove something to both managers

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    oldtimer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • never thought I would be saying this but YES there are signs of improvement over the last few games and the clean sheets are priceless.Yes to Howson straight into the side if he tires then look to the bench. We simply have got to go for it from the first whistle , stick away a couple of early chances and wait for the Villa fansto turn on Paul Lambert!!!! IF we can start a little run following on from Spurs safety is well within our grasp. However we have to show the who dares wins attitude cos no one is going to do us any favours.

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    Mawther07

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Come come Stew; rattle down please, he may have been pants this season, but he did play well against the Hotspur.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I'm sure Snoddy has the creativity Tunsteadtiger but in that roll especially away from home I think you need the defensive qualities to drop back and make up the five in midfield when we don't have the ball. Not sure Snoddy has demonstrated he always has the desire to chase back and put himself about enough.

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    Rosario

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Agree Rosario. And we have been so unlucky with injuries this season and at the wrong times. Players seem to get injured exactly when things are going well andor when players are playing well. This is hoping it doesnt take the wind out of our sail this

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • …..Of course Snodgrass could play in the middle of the '3' tunsteadtiger....Snodgrass can play anywhere!....and everywhere....and he does in every game he plays!....just a damned shame he isn't restricted to doing one job well!....Others would know what is required of them, without him interfering!....my selected position for him would be on the bench!...even then he would want to keep changing seats!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • For me, Hooper has to start up front tomorrow as he looks far more likely to score and also creats more for others. RVW really needs to be playing reserve team football right now to rediscover his scoring touch.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

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