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John Ruddy targets end of March for Norwich City return

PUBLISHED: 17:32 23 December 2012

John Ruddy hopes to be back in action by the end of March. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

John Ruddy hopes to be back in action by the end of March. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

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Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy doesn’t expect to be back in action until the end of March.

Ruddy was initially ruled out for up to three months after suffering a torn thigh injury during the 1-1 draw at his former club Everton on November 24.

But speaking on the BBC’s Football Focus programme on Saturday the England stopper appeared to rule out a February return, with a leg support brace not being removed until next week.

“The knee brace comes off in a week’s time,” he explained. “Once that is off we will be flying into it. Hopefully by the end of March we’ll be back in action again.”

If Ruddy’s prediction on the time scale of his recovery proves to be correct then understudy Mark Bunn looks set to get another 13 or so first team appearances under his belt before coming under pressure for his place in the side. A possible target for City’s number one could be the trip to Wigan Athletic on March 30, with the Canaries having a two-week break from Premier League action before that fixture.

Ruddy is delighted with the way the Canaries have coped in his absence - but isn’t in the least bit surprised to see them doing so well under Chris Hughton following three years of success under Paul Lambert.

“It’s down to the belief in the squad,” he said. “We started slowly and had a couple of bad results but we always knew we had a great squad and the manager was very good, and his staff as well. We always knew we would pull through and we reaping the rewards now.

“They (Lambert and Hughton) are completely different but they both get the job done. Paul was a very much a motivator, a man manager and left a lot of the coaching to his assistant (Ian Culverhouse).

“Chris is very much hands on. It doesn’t matter how you get the job done as long as you get it done. We are doing really well at the moment and I am really enjoying working with Chris. Long may that continue.”

Ruddy’s injury means he is likely to miss out on a place in the next England squad in the spring – but he admitted on Football Focus that even when fit he will struggle to get a place in Roy Hodgson’s starting line-up, with Manchester’s City’s Joe Hart the undisputed No 1.

When asked about his chances of being a regular he said: “Not unless something happens to Joe, he’s a fantastic keeper. It’s just a great opportunity for me to be in and around the squad and work with players like him and the outfield players. I just take it as it comes. If the opportunity comes along then hopefully I can take it.”

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  • As I have posted elsewhere, for me the coaching staff need to work on Bunn’s positional play and then the inches will almost disappear. I also think we need Rudd to be getting some games elsewhere but with a bring back clause if needed. The problem with Rudd going out is that it has to be to a club where he will play and I cannot see too many that will give him that. I agree with JGL that we need to strengthen in our striker department by selling a few we have and bringing in another big centre forward along with a “poacher”! OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • That is one serious muscle injury, involving surgery as well. I see that the Villa-Lambo-City legal issues have been settled. Villa pay us what they owe us and Lambo gets his promo bonus.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Bunn is a good keeper, his only problem is that he is not quite in Ruddy's class. But after all the jokes (which have now strangely dried up) about four goalkeepers earlier in the season, I cannot see why some of you are now advocating signing a fifth. Priority has to be, must be, a decent striker. City should go in hard for someone with a proven scoring record in Europe, my own choice would be the Colombian Carlos Bacca who has scored 17 goals in 16 games for Bruges in Belgium. He will certainly be snapped up by someone sooner or later.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Really disappointing news if it turns out to be true. I agree with Algarve, Bunn is a great stopper and gets down to low shots as good as any I've seen. However, he doesn't command the 6 yard box and this needs to be worked on. I don't think we need anyone else, just work on those areas that Bunn is to so strong at. I think he will do OK and needs to gel a bit more with the defence. Next two games will test all of this out!

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    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Declan did nothing bad when he covered in season 2011-2012, so as he is now a year older and better why not?

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    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • Ruddy out....we definately need another goalkeeper. Bunn is a good shot stopper, but doesnt command his box or have the height to be an effective premiership goalkeeper. He always seems to get lost in goalmouth melees....usually down on his bum!! Rudd would have been ready if he had spent some loan time in the championship....but he has sat, unemployed on the bench or in the stands all season. We need to get him out gaining experience ASAP. Problem what top goalie is going to come and want to end up as Ruddy's deputy?? Maybe the answer is a top class loanee???

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • I don`t want to become a Bunn stuffer, but his weakness at getting to and catching crosses was exposed again at WBA. We have the England GK coach at the Carra, so if it can`t be fixed it`s probably unfixable. At the last count both Dec & Jed (TV "personality" show hosts in the making??) were each about 3" taller than Bunn - and probably still growing! WBA seemed to build a stockade of bodies round MB leading up to the first goal and Garrido was left alone to defend a high cross against the giant Lukaku. Where were our central defenders? Worried about the goalie, perhaps? I agree with BureValleyPaddy, Singapore & JGL; we need to work on Bunn`s Achilles Tendency and put some wings on his heels, not get another `keeper. A proven striker would cement our position; we fail to take too many chances. I think Morison`s had his. Hope I`m wrong. We`ll survive, but how close could it be now we`re leaking goals again? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • That effectively rules JR out for the rest of the season really. Such a shame as he had been in superb form this season and must have been edging Joe Hart out of the England No. 1 shirt.... Pity, but it probably rules him out of going anywhere else at the moment !

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

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