Chris Hughton resists temptation to fast-track Michael Turner back into his Norwich City plans

Michael Turner will have to wait for his Norwich City first team return. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Michael Turner will have to wait for his Norwich City first team return. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, March 21, 2014
7:00 AM

Chris Hughton will resist the temptation to fast-track Michael Turner back into his Norwich City’s plans for this weekend’s Premier League test against Sunderland.

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Turner played his first 45 minutes since January 1 in a midweek behind-closed-doors friendly after overcoming a hamstring problem. City have shipped eight goals in their last two away league games but Hughton insists the 30-year-old is still not ready to face his former club at Carrow Road.

“There are always temptations and I know where we are in regard to the games running out,” said Hughton. “You still have to do what you feel is medically right. There are always tough decisions to make and Michael has been out for a period of time.

“He was involved in a training ground game this week and played 45 minutes but at this moment he needs a little bit more time and a bit more football. I think because he has been out for some three months now you have to be careful.

“He is only just back in training so he is close, but the last thing you want to do is go against medical advice, throw him in and find that he picks up another injury that sees him ruled out for another few weeks.

“I think he needs another good week’s training with the team and he will then come into contention for Swansea.”

Jonas Gutierrez was also on the comeback trail at Colney in midweek after a calf injury and could come into consideration for Sunderland’s visit. Leroy Fer (hamstring) remains sidelined but the Dutch international will be back to bolster the club’s survival push.

“He is doing wel and there are no complications from the injury. He will certainly be back before the end of the season,” said Hughton. “He is making good progress, but he is still going to be a few weeks. Jonas is one we’ll determine over the next few days. He has been out as well but nowhere near as long as Michael.”

Elliott Bennett could step up his return to full fitness in next Monday’s scheduled development league game against Southampton’s Under-21s as an over-age outfield player.

Bennett has not featured since the opening day of the Premier League campaign when he suffered knee ligament damage against Everton.

“That is one we are thinking about, yes,” confirmed Hughton. “He has been out since the first game of the season and he has only really been with the first team this week so that is three sessions in total, plus a couple with the Under-21s last week. He certainly needs a lot more training.

“I have to say he is looking sharp but it is very difficult to replicate what you have to do in a game out on the training pitch. He is one we will continue to push. There isn’t anybody who will have worked as hard to get fit as him and we were fortunate it was a straight-forward injury with no complications.”

18 comments

  • .....I missed the panto this year Brew ...first time for nigh on 20years....Thought I'd give that Gauntlet a miss!...Got the big panto on live from Carrow Road on a regular basis..with Robert Something or Other as principal boy and Christine Hughes as the wicked stepmother in a play it by ear production of The Only Way is Down!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Be careful Mad Brewer. El Dingo was born in Forest Gate. Opposite The Albion in Stukeley Road. Luckily for El Dingo, perhaps, he did not live there for long. I actually had no idea CH and I had anything in common.

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    el dingo

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Please please please CH I would have so much respect for you if you admitted your out of your depth or you have done all you can & then jump on your horse & JOG ON!!!

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    elmboy

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • I had paragraphs to say but it jgot my blood boiling so ill shorten it to HUGHTON GET OUT NOW!

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    FIFACanary

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Does it make any difference who plays, the results are nearly always the same ie Draw at home Lose away. Thrill a minute NOT.

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    goldie

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Please please please CH I would have so much respect for you if you admitted your out of your depth or you have done all you can & then jump on your horse & JOG ON!!!

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    elmboy

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • I think it was 'Surrey' who said it many moons ago. "I don't know if I can be bothered to bother anymore".

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    Lobbo

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Wot`s a spel chekka, Blaff?? el dingo, I suppose I come across as a bit Metropolitaphobic. I really enjoyed my few years working at Watney`s, and my longest standing buddy still keeps in touch, even though he lives in Wales. He is a native of New Cross, not far from Delboy`s family seat of Peckham. We had some wonderful p**$-ups in The Montague Arms. Jimmy Jones in his pomp. `Kin `ell. I think my recent take on cor blimeys has been soured by the nature of the ones who pollute this part of Norfolk. Potty-mouthed r@c!sts & b!gots, many of them. Enough to drive one to trichotillomania :-( Was El Dingo your journalistic alter-ego? There was a `Black Dog` in one national daily, Express? But we also have blackdog2 as a regular contributor....

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Please please please CH I would have so much respect for you if you admitted your out of your depth or you have done all you can & then jump on your horse & JOG ON!!!

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    elmboy

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Hi, el dingo. You had me confused for a few seconds there - referring to yourself in the third person. Nothing personal against you cor blimeys - most of you seem to be up here now anyway, buying vast tracts of pwopartai along the coast, destined to become annexed by Neptune`s Realm ere long. Round here they are predominantly Chelsea supporting cor blimeys from Peckham. Universally loud, potty mouthed and crass. I`m sure you and Chrissy do not fit that stereotype one iota. Coming, as I do, from the posh end of Armes St., Norwich, I endured about 3 years of Londonism, in the Putney(!), Barnes, Mortlake areas. Now, upon returning to claim six feet of my native s0d, I find the county swarming with you lot! Gercha, Cahsun ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Please please please CH I would have so much respect for you if you admitted your out of your depth or you have done all you can & then jump on your horse & JOG ON!!!

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    elmboy

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • OMG, Archie`s giving me a hard time today. Blank screens, ethering, multiple posting, finding I`ve been logged out after refreshing, the lot. Now you have two slightly different versions of the same post, el dingo! Gercha, indeed!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • They don't half Molly coddle these professional footballers these days - he's been out for about three months , trained and played half a match and he's still not ready. What was wrong with home anyway - I don't think he broke a leg or damaged ligaments.

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    VictorM

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Hi, el dingo. You had me confused for a few seconds there - referring to yourself in the third person. Nothing personal against you cor blimeys - most of you seem to be up here now anyway, buying vast tracts of pwopartaaii along the coast, destined to become annexed by Neptune`s Realm ere long. Round here they are predominantly Chelsea supporting cor blimeys from Peckham. Universally loud, potty mouthed and crass. I`m sure you and Chrissy do not fit that stereotype one iota. Coming, as I do, from the posh end of Armes St., Norwich, I endured about 3 years of Londonism, in the Putney(!), Barnes, Mortlake areas. Now, upon returning to claim six feet of my native s0d, I find the county swarming with you lot! Gercha, Kahsun ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Love the transcription of "property", Gek. Bet your spell-checker was tearing its hair out with that one.

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    User Removed

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Love the recent pic - Isn't that KK in there?

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    el dingo

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Jeez Brewer - Mrs Dingo was born in Livingstone St and went to Nelson St school! I am not a Cockerneer in the way you suggest - but I did see Chas 'n' Dave once - and LZ - steely may remember the occasion.

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    el dingo

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Looks like KK. Has he come back? "Manager Watch":- Saw Tim Sherwood interviewed after Spurs` Euro game. Now, Tim comes from St. Albans, which I`ve always regarded as a bit `posher` than the Cradle of Hughton, Forest Gate. But no! While Chrissy enunciates in the genteel style of Chris Ryan`s `Mike` of the `Young Ones`, Tim is a bit less refined. A sort of blend of Ray Winston, Del Boy Trotter and Chas & Dave. Gercha! If he should end up here (unlikely?) then he`ll be as much fun as Lambo in the interpretation stakes. Btw, apropos of nothing, Chris Ryan played `Baron Hardup` in the Theatre Royal panto this season.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 21, 2014

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