Neil Adams admits Ryan Bennett’s ankle surgery took the edge off Norwich City’s 3-1 Capital One Cup win over Crawley Town

Ryan Bennett underwent surgery on Tuesday morning after being carried off early in the weekends Championship derby success against Ipswich. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ryan Bennett underwent surgery on Tuesday morning after being carried off early in the weekends Championship derby success against Ipswich. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
10:52 PM

Neil Adams admitted after Tuesday’s 3-1 Capital One Cup win over Crawley Town Ryan Bennett’s ankle injury may force Norwich City to make a late foray into the transfer market.

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Bennett underwent surgery on Tuesday morning after being carried off early in the weekend’s Championship derby success against Ipswich.

Carlos Cuellar and Kyle McFadden made their debuts in the hard-fought cup victory over the Reds, secured by Josh Murphy’s brace and Cameron Jerome’s first for the club, but Adams conceded Bennett’s absence for the next few weeks is a major blow.

Adams would not be drawn on reports City are close to securing a deal for Belgian international midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, but the Norwich boss expects the Canaries to be active ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.

“Of course what has happened with Ryan will have an impact on what we will look to do,” he said. “We will be looking. We have a few irons in the fire. They may come off, they may not but I am looking to add to the squad before the window closes. If we can do business, we will do.

“I won’t comment on any transfers until they are done and dusted. What I will say is we are enquiring about players. We will go right up until the window if we can. But until there is something concrete to say I would rather leave it at that. I know speculation gets out but as and when they are done we will let everyone know.”

Adams is not setting any timeline on Bennett’s return to action, although the defender could be out for up to two months.

“Unfortunately Ryan had an operation (on Tuesday morning). It revealed a ruptured ligament in his ankle,” he said. “The operation was a success, he is fine but he will miss a few weeks with his recovery. We won’t put a timeline on it but of course if he has surgery then he is not going to be around anytime soon. They said it could have been a lot worse. It is a straightforward injury. He won’t be featuring for the coming games.

I thought he was excellent when he came in against Blackburn. He is a good player, Ryan. He is one of the most aggressive centre backs you will see because he has a great run and he always attacks the ball. You saw that in the last two games, albeit briefly at Ipswich. He is a big player for us and of course it is a blow.”

Adams had no fears putting his trust in youngsters against Crawley, with nine academy products in his matchday squad.

“We said when we won the FA Youth Cup that there needs to be a pathway for these players. Everyone has seen that there’s definitely a pathway there now. Josh obviously was the pick of the bunch, he scored two great goals,” he said. “I’ve got to give a lot of credit to the senior players in there as well; there’s a lot of talk about the youngsters but they’ve all played their part.

“Crawley were a very good team, I was really impressed with them to be honest. The third goal was right at the end, they made us work hard. They had one or two calls for a penalty too, but our goals were very good. A win’s a win.

“I’d take any win. People might have thought what we were going to do tonight; of course the priority is Bournemouth on Saturday. As I said after the Ipswich game, anyone with any sort of a knock whatsoever wouldn’t be risked, we just had a few more of those that we would have liked.”

Midfielder Gary O’Neil was absent with a dead leg but is expected to come back into contention for the Cherries’ Championship visit to Norfolk.

15 comments

  • I only have one spare bed and Seb is not here, I guarantee it! My theory was more about someone else dropping him in , to save on the pocket money.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • £1m sounds sound enough, Gibbo. Good chap, is Surs.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Brew the rumour from my mate in Bournemouth was that they had tabled a bid of just over a £1M, that was in JuneJuly, though nothing since. Hope this gets through as I haven't been ethered for a while.

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    Gibbo

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Archie wouldn`t let me comment on your comment Gibbo. I was just asking what you thought might be happening with Surman\Bournemouth. I screened for hidden `rude` words but could find none. Perhaps it was the content of the post that Archie has been told to filter. Boycie`s on the ball...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • What odds would you put on Surman departing to Bournemouth, Gibbo? I have always felt he was a useful player and a good team man. It seems the ball is in his court. Perhaps Bournemouth are hanging on for a "freebie"? Andrew could play out his contract and still make a useful contribution, I suppose? Fe, Fi, Fo, Fan, I smell the smell of an Agent-man.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • I had the pleasure of attending Carra Rud last night and felt that the team performed well, all the youth players had a good game with Josh standing out, Kyle also gave a very competent performance ( another to watch in the future). I'm afraid that I felt Surman was not up to his pre-season best and did not really stamp his authority on the game. Cuellar had a good game as did Jerome.Crawley played very well and they all looked comfortable on the ball with good movement, John Gregory and his coaching team have done a good job, if they keep playing like that they should be candidates for promotion.

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    Gibbo

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Swiss I don't think we would be face down in Costessey pits if we were trousering £50k per week. I would be on the Cote d'Azur or even in your place.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Isn't it marvellous what a couple of wins can do? This message board and others had been so full of negative comments recently it was quite depressing. I was even told in the street that we were " finished ". Last night provided a few scary moments just like cup ties do. Long may it continue to be a place to enjoy our football again. Well done Neil.

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    Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • I could only "Partridge" the game last night, so it`s hard to judge how well Kyle McFadden did. Does anybody think he`s ready to be a regular in match day squads? Assuming Bassong is long gone, we do need somebody!! At times like this, "the likes of" Leon Barnett & Dani Ayala don`t look so bad. Hull did well to get Curtis Davies. Lack of defensive cover could be our downfall, but I`m sure NA`s on the case - and the Board will back him as necessary.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Well if there ever was a time for Bassong to step up to the plate, this would have been it. I fear that at some time he will be found floating face down in Costessey Pits. it is going to take a long while for Ryan Bennett to heal and get back to full fitness. I am sure that Daryl Murphy did not intend to do it but that missed tackle is costing a lot. Get well soon young man.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • MikelSA, at least it`s a change from "insists"! Lately, we`ve actually had a bit of freshness in the choice of words, eg. Adams has inspired the use of "adamant". Really, really clever chap, young Divot. Poor Ryan. Let`s hope he makes a speedy recovery and becomes the top CB we know he can be. A while back, I pondered on the nature of Machianalli`s cunning plan. Youth Team manager becomes First Team manager; youth team players become senior players... The Academy delivers!! Fingers crossed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • I wonder MikeSA if playing McFadden last night was a chance for NA to assess how strong our defensive cover is under game conditions. He obviously has great affection for his Youth Cup winners but still needs to see if they can make the step up. Toffolo was on the bench so defensive cover may not be as frail as some would have us think and own goal apart it sounded as if Cuellar had a decent game although if you were there you can see more than the commentary tells us. On the whole though optimism reigns supreme as it should on the back of four wins on the trot. Happy days!!

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    Trucker

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • 'Admits' is an odd word to use in this context. It's not as if NA is conceding an argument. Of course RB's ankle injury is disappointing, so why say NA 'admits' it. Of more concern is who is available to cover? Cuellar didn't look too sharp last night, Bassong appears out of favour, and Russell Martin is fine, but what if he or Turner gets injured?

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    MikelSA

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Neil's win percentage is on the up. Not all teams got away with fielding weakened elevens last night. Mostly you can see why they do it. But why did Man U when they have so little to go for this season.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Shame about Ryan Bennett , but he wont be feeling as bad as poor old Robert Snodgrass , Get-Well-Soon to both of them . I think the biggest plus tonight was that City showed that even with half the usual side off the pitch the club can still put out a battling creative team who are really up for it . YES there were ragged moments and things that could have gone better , but it proved that the squad have resilience and that there will be no issues with " key " players getting injured ; lots of enthusiastic cover available to step out and take up the challenge . I am as happy as I was with Lambert in charge , real feel-good buzz now .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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