Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Friday, March 28, 2014
Norwich City midfielders Elliott Bennett and Leroy Fer will be absent for the Canaries’ Premier League trip to Swansea City.
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.