Anthony Pilkington and Alex Tettey set for Norwich City returns against Hull
06:00 17 January 2014
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Alex Tettey and Anthony Pilkington are ready for Norwich City returns on Saturday – but manager Chris Hughton admitted they are “helpless” to ease Jonny Howson’s own injury absence.
Ankle surgery following a last-minute tackle at home to Cardiff has ruled Tettey out of action since October, after the midfielder had looked to be recapturing the best form seen in his first season in the Premier League. Pilkington’s injury-hit season saw him last appear in the defeat at Newcastle in November, where he picked up another hamstring strain.
Both could return for Hull’s visit this weekend – although it will be Friday when Hughton decides how much involvement they face.
“Anthony and Alex will still be in the squad,” confirmed the City manager. “We will make a decision then because although they’ve done a lot of good training, Alex especially has been out for a good period of time – less so Pilky. We will make that decision but at this moment, they will both be in this squad.”
That won’t be the case for Howson, whose back injury sustained in training ahead of the goalless draw at Sunderland before Christmas continues to be an issue – both for the midfielder and the Canaries.
Howson had arguably been City’s player of the season before his absence – but for now it is a case of waiting for nature rather than giving his recovery a helping hand.
“We’re helpless at the moment and it’s just really going to be a case of it settling down,” added Hughton. “We are not thinking of anything more serious than that – like an operation or so. Unfortunately it’s got to settle down to a big enough degree that he can start working again.”
Michael Turner (hamstring) and Elliott Bennett (knee) remain on the sidelines alongside Howson.