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Norwich City’s on-loan defender Joseph Yobo ruled out of Manchester United trip; Elliott Bennett firmly back in Neil Adams’ Premier League plans

PUBLISHED: 14:54 24 April 2014 | UPDATED: 15:40 24 April 2014

Norwich City's on-loan defender Joseph Yobo will return for the club's Premier League run-in. 
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Norwich City's on-loan defender Joseph Yobo will return for the club's Premier League run-in. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City’s on-loan defender Joseph Yobo will miss the Premier League trip to Manchester United with the Nigerian international undergoing further treatment on a calf injury.

City boss Neil Adams confirmed on Thursday lunchtime Yobo could return for the penultimate game at Chelsea to bolster the club’s survival push. Adams has reported no fresh injury concerns, with fit-again midfielder Elliott Bennett now firmly in contention after his fourth development game earlier this week since returning from knee ligament surgery.

“Elliott will be in the squad. He just needed games and I think he’s proved that. He’s played three and a half games for the Under-21s and he’s ready now,” said Adams. “His knee is fine and all the medical people we spoke to say he’s ready if needs be, so we’re delighted for him. The kind of attitude he’s got and the kind of player he is, he’s one we need back and we’ll welcome him back into the squad.

“Joseph is still having treatment on his calf but we are hopeful of getting him back in on Monday. He still has a problem and he won’t be ready for this weekend.”

Adams is downplaying the significance of David Moyes’ surprise exit at Old Trafford earlier this week with Ryan Giggs poised for his first match in charge as the interim boss.

“It’s an interesting one. I don’t think many people would have predicted myself and Ryan Giggs standing in opposite dugouts at the start of the season,” he said. “It’s happened, whether it’s a good or bad for us we’ll see on Saturday. It’s one of those things that caught everybody by surprise I think, despite the poor season relatively speaking that United have had. You’re thinking about which players he might bring back in, which players he’s played with, and we’ve all seen the coaching staff he’s brought in, who will have the same values and philosophies and who came through under Sir Alex Ferguson.

“You want to go there and win. I want to come away from Old Trafford with three points. We saw from the second half against Liverpool that it’s irrelevant whether you’re underdogs or not expected to win, it’s about you and how you go about your business. Manchester United have been a lot stronger in previous seasons. It’s not been a great season for them by any means. There’s never a nice time to go to Old Trafford though – you’re always going to be in for a tough game because of the calibre of players they’ve got. We’ll be ready for them, we know what they’re capable of but also I hope they’re concerned a little bit about what we can do as well.”


  • OTBC!! Well said Neil Adams. Let's go for a win and safety. I reckon 35 points will do it this season. Well, I hope it will.

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    Ghana Dom

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Whatever their set-up is, we need a quick goal Saturday to take the psychological advantage. I have to believe if they go a goal down quickly, they could be like NCFC under CH.

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    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Clever fellow..Top reporter at The Daily Telegraph.. Can this season get any worse..?

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    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Well said, mardler. It's all about what we can do. We can't predict the set up Giggs will go with so we have to play our game, adapt if necessary and put in a performance like we did in the second half against Liverpool. A good performance is what all Norwich City fans want to see. If it's not enough then so be it but let's go for it!

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    Flying Canary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • What are we about - a knees knocking competition over what Giggs might or might not do? Man Utd have a talented set of players who might actually play to their strengths for a change and we have to plot a response that will counter all their efforts. Let us take heart "Adams is a clever fellow" a top Daily Telegraph reporter recently wrote backing it up with a whole lot of facts that had the blood racing OTBC NMTD

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    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Giggs will definitely spring a surprise or two, my guesses are a shock return for Gary Pallister and an attempt to take a super injunction out that stops Snoddy entering their half

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    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • I doubt Adams has a clue exactly who is going to start in Gigg's Man Utd xi. Nobody would have predicted Neil Adams first line up. Who was axed, who was brought back etc. Man Utd has had plenty of paper talk about Players moaning and causing problems behind the scenes so wouldn't surprise me if giggs springs a surprise or 2.

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    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Let us hope that the Man Utd Old Boys reunion ends up as 'too many cooks...'. And I wonder how the newer players are going to react to the 'old guard' ... Let us hope NCFC can exploit all the changes... And good to have Bennett back though not sure who he is 'better than' to replace..

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Having Elliott back is a bonus. Doubt if he will start but a good impact player if needed later in the game.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

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