Norwich City boss Chris Hughton delivers a mixed midfield injury bulletin ahead of Swansea Premier League trip

Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett could play for the club's Under-21s at Old Trafford tonight. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett could play for the club's Under-21s at Old Trafford tonight. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, March 28, 2014
7:00 AM

Norwich City midfielders Elliott Bennett and Leroy Fer will be absent for the Canaries’ Premier League trip to Swansea City.

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Bennett has not featured since damaging his knee ligaments on the opening day of the season but the midfielder returned to full first team training last week. City boss Chris Hughton, however, revealed on Thursday he had erred on the side of caution in opting not to include Bennett in Monday’s development league game at Southampton.

“With it being his first game after a long period of time he’d have probably only played 45 minutes and then had a recovery day and we felt it would be more beneficial to have two hard days here,” said Hughton. “We could monitor the distances and the intensity better, but we will look at the next opportunity.”

Dutch international Leroy Fer (hamstring) is unlikely to return before Liverpool’s Easter Sunday visit.

“We don’t have a timeline but he is making really good progress,” said Hughton. “We are hopeful of seeing him on the training pitch in the next couple of weeks. How quickly that transmits to a game from the training field we don’t know. I don’t think it will be a long time because this is somebody who in effect had played all season and had been fit. At the moment there have been no setbacks with him, and of course that’s good news.”

Central defender Michael Turner is in the travelling party for the trip to the Liberty Stadium after his long term injury lay-off.

10 comments

  • I hope we start with Hooper and Hoolahan on Saturday as they at least showed some attacking nous against Villa. I still think Ryan Bennett is a good prospect at centre back and would rather see him there to offer a bit of extra pace. Yobo and Bassong are both too slow to play together against pacy central midfielders I fear.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • TrevorKeith, Bassong has been off form of late but Ryan Bennett quicker? You're kidding. I've seen milk turn quicker than Bennett, poor distribution and at this level is no way quick enough in a flat race..............good in the air though!

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    ivan sadd

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Bennett didn't really cover himself in glory at Southampton though did he...Yobo and Bassong kept a clean sheet last saturday so he'll stick with that surely?

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    GossVolley

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • I go with the Steady On formation, though I do see the logic in seeing how the Hoolahan\Hooper pairing works. TrevorK, I fear Ryan Bennett has not had\will not get the run of games he needs to fulfil his potential. A great shame. I suspect he may have to move on while he`s still young - perhaps Lambo would be interested? Btw, Jason Shackell`s 31 now - in his prime! Probably be back in the Prem next season with Burnley (assuming they don`t "do a Malky" and dump him).

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Personally i'd stick with Bassong & Yobo. They look about a solid a pairing as were going to get this season (other than 1 recent game). IMO an unchanged team would be on the cards. I bet the concern in Hughtons mind though is Olsson getting over run. He did superb against Sunderland but against a side with better right side attacking options he may come unstuck. In which case he may drop Hoolahan in favour of Jonas Gutierrez? Not my choice, Id keep it unchanged but hey ho.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Elliott B, Matt?? Oh, I see what you mean. Turner (Hughton man) returns=Ryan Bennett (non-Hughton man) - no chance. Next, replace Wes with Gutierrez to justify the loan cost. Replace Howson with Bunn, Cafu with `Bambi` Whittaker, Ruddy with Carlos `The Jackal` Nash. The purge is complete! Disinterested Pilkington seems to have disappeared off the radar anyway.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Hooper for RVW is the only possible change I'd make. However, the floodgates might be about to burst for Ricky so maybe stick with an unchanged team.

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    Steady On

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • DaveG thats just archunt headline spin to get us to read it. Will Lucky Luciano be on the bench again this week, maybe not as Hoots is now praising his loanee Elmander at every turn, so either RVW or Hooper to start with the other one on the bench.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Why is this a "Mixed midfield bulletin", Neither are fit for Swansea. Does not sound mixed to me!

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    DaveG

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • thats the end of Ryan Bennetts season then...involvement-wise.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

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