Michael Turner and Jonas Gutierrez unlikely to return for Norwich City against Sunderland

Michael Turner of Norwich and Gareth McAuley of West Brom during City's 2-0 win at The Hawthorns in December. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Michael Turner of Norwich and Gareth McAuley of West Brom during City's 2-0 win at The Hawthorns in December. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, March 20, 2014
2:09 PM

Norwich City defender Michael Turner is unlikely to be fit enough to return from injury for Saturday’s crunch clash against Sunderland, City manager Chris Hughton has said.

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Turner has returned to full training and played 45 minutes of the club’s Under-21 side’s 3-2 friendly win against Charlton at Colney on Tuesday afternoon, as did on-loan winger Jonas Gutierrez.

But Hughton says Saturday’s Premier League clash at Carrow Road is likely to be too soon for both, with Turner not having played since New Year’s Day because of a hamstring injury and Gutierrez since injuring his calf in the 2-1 loss at Cardiff at the start of February.

“Certainly for Michael it’s too soon, Jonas possibly as well, with the period of time he’s been out for,” Hughton told Norwich City TV.

“It’s also about the amount of training they’re able to do, to put somebody into contention. They’re ones that we are always assessing and thinking about but the good thing is they are both back on the training pitch and no problems.”

Hughton also confirmed that Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer is still “a few weeks” away from a return from his hamstring problem.

With Sunderland just four points behind City, and with three games in hand, Hughton knows exactly how important the match is to City’s Premier League survival hopes.

“We’re at home, our record at home has certainly been good of late, we haven’t conceded many goals at home,” Hughton continued.

“What we’ve got to do is make sure that we can be positive enough to make sure we can score the goals that we need on Saturday.

“But it’s a real good opportunity for us to bounce back (from last Saturday’s 4-2 loss at Southampton) and generally with this team the reaction to a bad performance or a bad defeat has generally been good.”

For all the news from this afternoon’s pre-match press conference from Norwich City writers Paddy Davitt and Michael Bailey, check back to this website later today and see tomorrow’s Eastern Daily Press or Norwich Evening News for more build-up to the big game.

13 comments

  • God only knows what their IT Crowd did there. Disruptive midgets.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Well, Colin, if you`re going to sign up a sicknote, it might as well be on loan. Very astught of Hught. Or should that be astought,Well, Colin, if you`re going to sign up a sicknote, it might as well be on loan. Very astught of Hught. Or should that be astought? Stugh, I hope you`re not allughding to Martin (Derby top scorer), Vaughan (Huddersfield top scorer) or no-hopers like Surman. As for Holt, well, I mean... he had zero leadership qualities, and his scoring record was less than 1 every 2 games. Feeble. It was better than that before Hugh Trollderwood arrived, but you can`t blame them. They are pure Class. After all, the `past it` Talisman only managed a miserly 15 Prem goals the season before last, and Bewilderwood`s inspirational presence improved that to 8. Ricky Lambert has 9 already this time and is being `toughted` to go to Brazil with the England squad. If Hughton had anything vaguely threatening about him, he`d be a shoo-in as Grim Reaper. As it is, he`s Chief Gravedigger in our Cemetery of Ambition. :-((

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • oops,,,sorry that should be one or two not 12!!!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Thanks to Archie's incompetence and the passing of Brewer's years, I imagine that every poster in this cubicle will know the " astught of Hught" quip of by heart. They'll never master Brewer's unique brand of sarcasm though. As for Saturday's prediction, I'm with that wise old eminence grise, Chris Lakey. I can't see where or when Norwich are going to accrue any more points this season. I wish it was all over, and a summer of TMS can't come soon enough.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • …..You forgot Snodgrass,and Bassong Colin!.....but console yourself with the ones his got rid of in one way or another!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Thank God that Michael Turner isn't likely to return this week. Frankly he should be on the next lorry out of Norwich never seeing the field again with the likes of Gary Hooper.

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    jaemae2 .

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • "Bounce back from a bad performance"? Is that what were doing at Southampton last weekend, after Villa? Our record on Sunday will be either 2 or 3 wins from our last 16 league games - there's not much bounce with those stats, more a lead balloon.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Well, Colin, if you`re going to sign up a sicknote, it might as well be on loan. Very astught of Hught. Or should that be astought,Well, Colin, if you`re going to sign up a sicknote, it might as well be on loan. Very astught of Hught. Or should that be astought? Stugh, I hope you`re not allughding to Martin (Derby top scorer), Vaughan (Huddersfield top scorer) or no-hopers like Surman. As for Holt, well, I mean... he had zero leadership qualities, and his scoring record was less than 1 every 2 games. Feeble. It was better than that before Hugh Trollderwood arrived, but you can`t blame them. They are pure Class. After all, the `past it` Talisman only managed a miserly 15 Prem goals the season before last, and Bewilderwood`s inspirational presence improved that to 8. Ricky Lambert has 9 already this time and is being `toughted` to go to Brazil with the England squad. If Hughton had anything vaguely threatening about him, he`d be a shoo-in as Grim Reaper. As it is, he`s Chief Gravedigger in our Cemetery of Ambition. :-((

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Might as well pick Delia as lone striker , could not be any worse.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Seems like Gutierrez is turning into the invisible loan man! The January transfer window was an opportunity lost. The loan signing was simply not enough to improve and bolster the squad. Hughton's summer spending spree now also looks a big waste of money by and large because the balance of the team wasn't properly equated. If Hughton wasn't fancying Hoolahan from the start another proven playmaker was needed as was a proper right winger - someone with the pace and guile to get round his fullback and get in quality crosses from deep. It is hard to tell whether his three front men were sensible additions given the almost total lack of service they have had.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • I sent that only wernce. Archie probably deleted it in reverse.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Good signing, that Gutierrez. Right out of Hughton's top drawer. Or should that be 'flop drawer'. He's starting to accumulate quite a list of signings who have underperformed one way or another - Elmander, Kamara, Gutierrez, Fer, RVW, Hooper, Becchio (although these 3 more due to managerial uselessness), Bunn, Camp, Whittaker, Garrido. No wonder we didn't let him spend in January.

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    Colin

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Frankly, our "bounce backs" are more akin to the "dead cat bounce" of finance parlance. We haven't strung two convincing performances together back to back all season. We are incapable of scoring more than one goal a game (or less on average). So where is this strange beast the "bounce back"? Of course, it is all in their minds because it doesn't actually exist. Instead of buying three strikers Hughton should have looked at the balance of the team and bought 12, a proven playmaker and a proper right winger rather than inventing his own version - one with a left foot! Meanwhile even our defence, which was generally adequate last season, has disintegrated! The implosion has now reached critical mass.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

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