Fit-again Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson pushing for Tottenham Premier League recall

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson has had a full week's training after his long term back injury ahead of Tottenham's Premier League weekend visit. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson has had a full week's training after his long term back injury ahead of Tottenham's Premier League weekend visit. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, February 21, 2014
3:40 PM

Jonny Howson could make a Premier League return this weekend against Tottenham after a two month injury lay-off with a back problem.

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Howson has trained fully with the Canaries’ first team squad this week but City boss Chris Hughton will take no risks with the influential midfielder ahead of the club’s crucial survival run-in.

Hughton confirmed on Friday afternoon central defenders Ryan Bennett (thigh) and Michael Turner (hamstring), along with Jonas Gutierrez (calf), will all miss Spurs’ televised visit to Carrow Road on Sunday.

“Jonny is back and I probably have a decision to make for this weekend but he has done a good week’s training and he had done a fair bit before that with the fitness coaches,” said Hughton. “The decision will be on whether he just needs another a week but it is certainly good to see him on the training pitches. He has trained with us and looked good. Michael is still probably out of the equation. He is probably two to three weeks away but on the plus side Ryan Bennett is looking good for Aston Villa. Jonas will miss this weekend as well and he is another who is still a couple of weeks away. That just leaves Elliott (Bennett), who is looking now at some stage in March.”

Hughton watched his old club’s Europa League 1-0 defeat in the Ukraine on Thursday night on television but expects Tim Sherwood to make a number of changes with the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Hugo Lloris missing the trip to Eastern Europe.

“I think they made five or six changes from their last (league) game at Newcastle. They are able to do that because of the squad they have got,” he said. “Of course, it is a long journey. I watched the game and it could have gone either way. Unfortunately for them it went against them but I fully expect them to make some changes. I think they are (top four) contenders because of the squad they have got. They have a lot of depth. The downside for them is they are up against a resurgent Everton and Liverpool which adds to the possible teams who can genuinely finish in that top four but they are genuine contenders.”

26 comments

  • Jonas - another quality addition - NOT

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    A fine city

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • That`s enough. Too much interference from A**e-chant. Fingers crossed for Sunday.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • A couple of hours ago, JH had only just started light training. Boy, does he mend fast.

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    Barking Wise

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • While it may be true that sacking managers doesn't improve things long or even medium-term, in our case it would be a gamble worth taking because a) under Hughton we are very likely to go down anyway and b) a change could just produce a significant rise in player morale and a positive reorganisation of the team and its methods. Even if just long enough to give us a fighting chance of staying up. Doing nothing, on the other hand, is a far more dangerous option - as our current league position, general standard of play and lack of goals proves.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Jeez...still at least we'll see Robert. As we always do. He will fall over many times. Hughton please go. You really can do no more for our club.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Howson wont be in the squad let alone the starting 11. Thats my prediction knowing how Hughton usually works when a player is returning to the first team fold. In an ideal world long term it'll be Howson, Tettey & Fer. 3 players all with the ability to find players in yellow shirts with there range of passing. Howson likely isnt even close to being match ready. however if im wrong and he is infact even 75% fit with a small chance of playing I bet Hughtons logic will be "well Spurs are a really good team, we have to remember that, and we have more chance getting a 0-0 against Villa so I just wont even contemplate we could get a win against Spurs"......something along those lines ;)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • I don`t know how you were able to tell that I was `potimistic`, Johnty, `cos Archie keeps blocking my contributions! In fact I am pestimissic as a partro. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Why does this man never learn from his mistakes? Why does he insist on playing Snodgrass on the right, when it means he can't go to the line and whip a cross in on his right foot. Hooper and Van Wolfswinkel are good in the air and could attack such crosses. Likewise playing Redmond on the left means he can't do it either because he's right footed. It's not rocket science. In fact, we have 3 decent wingers but rarely use them correctly. We scored a lot of headers last season, and they weren't all from free-kicks or corners.

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    Colin

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • McNumpty threatening Hughton with the sack if City lose on Sunday is the equivalent of putting the guy who was responsible for re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic on a Performance Improvement Plan

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    Northstander

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Is Howson fit enough to start? Perhaps he will be on the bench. As things stand, I expect City to go down but we are better placed than Cardiff or Fulham. I blame the players for those two recent defeats. The poor performances over the whole season are the responsibility of Chris Hughton. He has held on to his job unlike managers of the teams below us. The Board demand improvement. Six points away to Cardiff and West Ham would have met that demand and Hughton would keep his job. (Assuming no alternative is out there the Board would go out and recruit.) No points suggest to me his exit is only a matter of time..

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    Capri

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Get him in the team, I'm relying on him to save our season.

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    jigs69

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Brewer - The Robert question does not even need wondering. It's ridiculous. Didn't he even play in all the cup games too?!

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    MancCanary

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Careful AFC, I got slated on this site for daring to question the wisdom of signing Jonas G. My thinking was that we already had enough wingers, with Snodgrass back to fitness, whereas we needed a target man and that is where my money would have been spent. I am likewise not sure Howson is the answer to all our problems, yes he had one or maybe two good games playing in the hole but his passing is not up to Hoolahan's but he is prepared to take shots. However, CH seems to prefer him as a defending midfielder and that worries me as he cannot tackle.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Indeed, Wijs. Those journos have goldfish syndrome. Light training to pushing for a place, just like that. What Manifest Multiple Mouthpiecery. (Golden Oldie). el dingo, it`s not so much that Hughton can do no more for our club, it`s what further damage he`s going to do to it. Scrape survival, and the Siren call of the Happy Clappers will be in our ears, as last year when we were gifted survival by WBA. It hasn`t got any better. Give the trio of troglodytes places in the Hall of Fame & wave goodbye.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Well at least you sound more upbeat than most here Brew... Th ecomments are postively pessimstic as opposed to potomistic! would love to see Johnny H back in action Hughton is so dull though we sadly miss the lambert ethos of going out to win it

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    johnty

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Even if they put the entire Brazilian squad on the pitch on Sunday, Hughton would still find away of hypnotising them so that the opposition could just walk the ball into the net. This a man who's allegiance is at best questionable, and essentially align's itself to his trouser pockets. A man of remarkably few morals supported by a board immediately reminiscent of the Sp*tting Image version of Thatcher's cabinet. They may be cuddly, but they do not have even the flexibility of those endearing puppets, who, I have to say, I miss much. At least they were entertaining.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Snodgrass always played for Leeds on the left, yet not once has Hughton even tried it out. Maybe he'd be quite good over there, although obviously Pilkington is better. Snodgrass doesn't make my first XI. Has to be Redmond on the right and Pilkington on the left.

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    Colin

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • anyway. thats 12 hour over time and ive got a game of football to get to sharpish! Blooming evening kick offs on a friday! Take the mick! Have a good weekend guys and fingers crossed like my own game tonight NCFC will obtain 3 vital points sunday!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • theguardian reports that sackings rarely save teams from 'fate worse than death'. But the source of the statistics is the League Managers' Association so suspect at least. I have thought that Hughton shouldve gone ages ago, in fact that he should not have been appointed in the first place. I dislike his brand of football and will continue to dislike it whether we stay up or, more likely, go down. The question is can someone else save us from going down? I don't know, and from what I saw, neither does McNally. It is a gamble. And I think McNally's going to wait until it looks as if we ARE going down before he makes that gamble. But that might be too late.

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    Cecil

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • It will take Howson a while to get back to game fitness and hence his influential self, so let's not expect too much of him, or put too much pressure\wieght on his shoulders\back. NCFC have been sooo unlucky with injuries this season, it is unbelievable. A lot of players have been injured just at the time when they are hitting form and getting influential on the team. Those that have then come back later have taken to long to get back on form or have not had the same influence. Not much the manager can do about that....think E Bennett at the very start, when he looked good in pre season, then Hooper, Tettey, RVW, Howson, Pilks even Snodgrass and most recently we can think Turner, R Bennett. I just hope we stay up, with the tough games we have left, so that we can rebuild from next season without these untimely injuries. OTBC!

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • My guess TrevorKeith is that Jonas arrives to us not fit, CH plays him to make sure he definitely isn't fit. Another broken midfielder sucking cash out of the club.

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    A fine city

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • …..That's why you are not Manager Colin....Snodgrass on the left!...you crazy man?....that's why I'm not manager also....I think our Robert should swap positions with Benchio!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • McNumpty threatening Hughton with the sack if City lose on Sunday is the equivalent of putting the guy who was responsible for re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic on a Performance Improvement Plan

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    Northstander

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Hello everyone, I trust you are well. Were we able to employ a German Panzer division, or better still the entire Bayern Munich squad, our beloved trio of imbecilic proportion, would tactfully, and very skillfully manage to get them all shooting themselves in the foot. The only meaningful reconciliation being, that at least some Tootenham fans might feel recompensed. Tell me, do they still chant Hoots for Toots?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • A mention of Elliott Bennett. March - season nearly over. Hey ho. Ryan needs to be fit in case he gets selected ahead of the others... I wonder if Robert will play.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • At this rate Guitterez is going to be costed at about £1m per game.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, February 21, 2014

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