Chris Hughton confirmed on Thursday afternoon Tottenham striker Harry Kane is set to miss at least the next month of the season after suffering a suspected broken foot in the midweek Capital One Cup win over Doncaster.

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Kane was stretchered off early in the second half and is due to see a specialist later today to assess the full extent of his injury. Hughton remained cautiously optimistic at his pre-match press call ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League visit, but the Norwich boss is planning for life without the teenager for the foreseeable future after Kane damaged his right foot against Rovers.

“We’re still assessing it,” said Hughton at Colney. “Probably it is appropriate that we don’t put out any news until we are definite, but it does seem he will be out for a period of weeks. It’s difficult because he is a young lad who we have brought in on loan and it was done so innocuously. There was no contact with the keeper. Hopefully it won’t be too long but it would be unfair to speculate until we are certain.

“He is seeing someone today and sometimes what happens is that initially you might get some swelling and then it is a case of waiting for that to go down. We are preparing ourselves for him being out for several weeks. I would like to be in a position this afternoon to give all the facts that we know, but at this stage we are waiting so that we are 100% sure ourselves. He went over on his ankle, he is being assessed today and we’ll be a lot clearer by the end of the day. We’re probably talking a month plus, rather than short of that, but we don’t have a specific idea.”

Midfielder Anthony Pilkington (back) and Sebastien Bassong (hamstring) have not trained this week and Hughton revealed they have only an ‘outside chance’ of being fit for selection ahead of Liverpool’s visit on Saturday.

“Both are very close. We are still assessing them,” he said. “The good news with Bassong is it is going to be nowhere near what we feared it could turn out to be when you see a player goes off so early in a game. They didn’t train today, we’ll assess them tomorrow but if they do have a chance it will probably be an outside one.”

Simon Lappin (ankle) returned to training on Thursday with Steven Whittaker (ankle) pencilled in for his long-awaited return next week.

“Simon has been out really since the Scunthorpe game. I think if he had trained a little bit earlier he might have been involved last night,” said Hughton. “He won’t have any involvement this weekend, but he is back training. Steven we expect to train next week.”

Hughton knows what is at stake against a Reds’ outfit similarly impressive in cup competitions, but yet to register a Premier League win under Brendan Rodgers.

“It is quite obvious they haven’t had the start they would have liked,” he said. “It’s a new manager with a new philosophy and sometimes that takes a while longer. There is no doubt about the quality of the players or the manager. It is only a matter of time before what they are trying to achieve is set in place and they start climbing the table. I think both clubs would say they are happy with aspects of how they are playing. We have certainly played well enough in the past four league games to have got more points. The fact is we haven’t. Arguably they would say exactly the same thing. Every opportunity you have in a football match to get points you have to take them. We are at home and we need to sustain the quality that we have shown in the last few games.”

17 comments

  • Oh pooo! ok C Martin if your to get yet another shot your time is now, you need to bring your A game or pack your boots in January.

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    MBA Marine

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • sorry Richard, CH confirmed earlier in the week that there is no release clause for JV. Time for CM to come good and prove he has what it takes.

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    CovCanary

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • "Always" Billy? He's only played twice for us - the first as a sub against West Ham, and the second against Doncaster, when he didn't complete the match due to a broken metatarsal! You must have been watching a different game from the rest of us on Wednesday, as he had at least two excellent shots that he was very unluck to see graze the woodwork, and was making a good contribution when he turned his foot fo the injury. If you go to a match looking for problems in a specific player, then I'm sure you will always be able to find some, and turn a blind eye to the good stuff. But you can't make snap judgements on the basis of the little we've seen of him so far at Norwich - give him at least 5 full matches, then judge him fairly - you may come up with a completely different opinion - unless you start from a prejudiced position!

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    The Crab

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • I doubt it we still have 4 strikers

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    MBA Marine

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse.......

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • As CovCanary wrote earlier there is no release clause in JV's contract but even if there was, would he be able to play now that he has not been named in the 25 player premier league squad? I'm not quite sure of the rules.

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    waclor

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Sorry folks I think this is more serious a blow than some of you seem to. Chris Martin and PL footballer are not words I'd put in the same sentence. Perhaps Mark Bunn has hidden outfield talents?

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    el dingo

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • @ el dingo - to be honest from what I've heard from many of my chums who are spurs fans, PL player and Harry Kane said in the same sentence is a source of great amusement. He is not rated there at all, honestly. These people have season tickets at WHL and travel to europa league away games so they've seen plenty of him. It isn't lack of effort, he'll run all day, it's lack of ability. They all seemed to think he'd head back to a mid table Championship side this season and genuinely couldn't believe it when a PL team had taken him on,

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    Gavin

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • I liked us starting with 3 strikers on the field, at least we looked like we wanted goals, even if the one that we got came from midfield!

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    MBA Marine

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Is it just my imagination, or do we have a jinx with loan signings? It seems whenever we sign players on loan, a fair number of them are injured and often return to their parent club to recover, or the loan is terminated.

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    sad canary

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Last chance saloon for Martin - or get Vaughan back if there's a release clause in the loan contract...

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Billy, you seem to have a problem with Kane, I've never heard a City fan sound pleased about a player's injury before on this blog and this being the second time you've used the word 'rubbish' in connection with him in a week. Rubbish he certainly isn't. He's been with Tottenham for a while now, and they don't exactly keep rubbish on their books. Also he's an under 21 international and had a decent run last season on loan at Millwall, if you still think he's rubbish check his goals on youtube.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • I hope you have seen him in the flesh Johnny, I've a good view of the pitch and his footballing ability for me has always looked below par, and looked exceptionally poor against Doncaster, we can't have passengers, like everybody says, it's too unforgiving.

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    Billy

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • OK CM put down that chuffing guitar and start playing football, could be the numbers game means its your time and error 503 I've missed it a bit

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Could this count as an execeptional circumstance - thereby allowing us to sign a decent striker?

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    Winnipeg Greg

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Is it wrong that the more serious the foot injury was beginning to look on the pitch, the happier I was? It was another poor display from him, he can't finish, he most definitely cannot pass and is just not good enough for this unforgiving league, rules him out of being a rubbish but highly thought of option.

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    Billy

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • OK CM put down that chuffing guitar and start playing football, could be the numbers game means its your time .

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

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