Injured Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson to miss Championship kick-off

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson will miss the Championship kick-off with a medial knee ligament problem. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson will miss the Championship kick-off with a medial knee ligament problem. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, July 28, 2014
10:48 PM

Jonny Howson will miss the Championship kick-off after suffering medial knee ligament damage in Friday’s 1-1 friendly against SC Bastia in France.

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Howson left Carrow Road on Monday night following City’s latest 5-1 warm-up win over OGC Nice on crutches and Norwich chief Neil Adams confirmed afterwards the influential midfielder is not expected to be fit for the opening day trip to Molineux.

“His is a little bit more of a longer term one,” said Adams, with Kyle Lafferty (shin) and Alex Tettey (groin) both expected to back within the next week, whilst Martin Olsson missed out due to a private family matter in his native Sweden. “Fingers crossed if Jonny is not ready for Wolves then soon after that.

“It is a big blow to lose him for a couple of weeks. He is fantastic player. It was a nothing tackle but he has just tweaked his medial knee ligament. There is no serious damage there but we are hoping he gets fitter sooner than we hope because he is a player you want about.

“Kyle is a lot closer than Jonny. Kyle we hope will be fit enough to train later this week and if so he will join in on Friday. Alex is another we hope he will train this week but probably won’t be fit for Friday but in contention for Wolves. Martin is fine. He has a bit of a personal family issue. He has flown back to Sweden and we gave him today off but he will be back with us and available for Friday.”

Adams revealed there was no change on the transfer front, despite fevered speculation around the likes of Leroy Fer, but the Norwich boss would not be drawn on the presence of QPR midfielder Gary O’Neil sat in the Carrow Road stands on Monday night.

“There is a few we are looking at and obviously we have to be prepared,” he said. “In some respects I will be glad when the transfer window is closed because that means I keep most of my players. We know the position we are in and we have to be looking to replace players with better ones if they do leave. There will be a lot of names being bandied about. We have 30 odd days to go and I want us to add not lose players.

“The likes of Leroy and Nathan (Redmond) and Gary (Hooper) know that I want them to stay. I have spoken to all of them and they know how I feel. We don’t want to lose good players but we have to be realistic. Robert Snodgrass was another I didn’t want to lose but the money was too good.”

13 comments

  • If no one else is going to play I'll just have to do it myself, so 'Gary can put Gary through his paces'.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • If no one else is going to play I'll just have to do it myself, so 'Gary can put Gary through his paces'.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • If no one else is going to play I'll just have to do it myself, so 'Gary can put Gary through his paces'.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Gary O'Neil eh, a useful player and he needs somewhere to train. Might be a good way for Neil to get a look at O'Neil.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Thanks for that assurance NMTD, I am sure that you are right. I am feeling more optimistic than I have done in the last two pre-seasons.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • On the subject of keeping our players together, it's possible that I'm reading too much into it, but I thought it was very interesting that Leroy chose to get married at Norwich cathedral this Summer. It's a lovely cathedral in its own right, but he's a wealthy lad who could have got married anywhere this Summer that he wanted, including in his home country where his now wife is based. I just get the feeling that unless a top top side takes a strong interest and is prepared to front a lot of money then he's happy to be here as all the signals indicate that he likes his team mates, likes Norwich as a place and believes the club is back on track. And on the evidence that they've put away almost as many goals in pre-season as we did all last season, I don't think that's an unreasonable assessment.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • At least we`ve been told something, however cryptic, about the whereabouts of Olsson. Hope it`s nothing too serious. Now, as coldharbour says, "Wheeeeere`s Wolfie"? Shame about Howson. Last season, even under the previous régime, there was the occasional glimmer of hope when we had a cohesive midfield. The rare away win at Stoke was one such. We had Howson (who scored) and Tettey. Cannot remember who else. Fer or Johnson?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • We need to keep this squad as it stands if possible, Fer has many potential suitors and I believe he knows that one of the top clubs will come in at a later date. He just needs to prove he can stand the rigours of a full season, there is no doubt on the ability and quality. I am very hopeful he will stay and improve his cv with NCFC. For once the board need to have resolve, lets keep the investment on the field and not in the bank - a good season and the investment will grow considerably!! OTBC.

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    johnnyp

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Swiss Beats .......... the sick-list is not all as it seems .......... we're just being overly cautious and wrapping them up in cotton wool. If a game was to come at the wekend, I'd wager most will be up for selection .......... OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • The sick-list is again a bit of a worry. I don't want to lose any of the transfer favourites mentioned, but if we do, it looks like we have some depth now. If these guys are sold they will be replaced by better players, seriously?

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • great news...will increase our chances of hanging onto Fer. We need some good mid-fielders, and Fer needs to be one of them :)

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    James Dunthorne

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Gary O'Neil, ex QPR midfielder, since he has now been released by them. Fer-surance policy?

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    Michael D

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Coldharbour Canary

    Monday, July 28, 2014

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