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Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Friday, January 3, 2014
Chris Hughton insists Norwich City’s worrying injury crisis will not force his hand in the January transfer window.
The Canaries boss confirmed on Thursday both Michael Turner and Jonny Howson are out of this weekend’s FA Cup tie against Fulham with hamstring and back problems respectively along with the likes of Alex Tettey, Anthony Pilkington and Elliott Bennett. The City boss, however, has no plans to alter his transfer target list.
“No, when you talk about injuries it shouldn’t really force me to do something I don’t plan to,” he said. “When you are talking about shorter term injuries that is different from long term, like the one to Elliott Bennett, and we did try to do something in that direction in the last window but were unable to do so.
“Injuries are part and parcel of the game and the one thing you know is the players will come back. We are hopeful that Alex will be back training next week. He is not too far away now and Anthony Pilkington wouldn’t be too far after that.”
Pilkington has been touted with a potential January exit after being linked to both Aston Villa and Swansea but Hughton is not busy fending off enquiries.
“As far as I am aware we have not had any enquiries but this is only a day or so into the window and what we find in the last few seasons is that as the month progresses it tends to get busier and even more hectic, particularly that last week,” he said. “The phone has certainly been busy. That is normal. That wouldn’t just be myself but every manager and we are continuing to work hard and make the right decisions. January might be with us now but this is a process which rolls on throughout the season.
“We know the areas we want to strengthen and people are aware of what we want. We will consider the loan route as well. We have to be open to every possibility, either on loan or to purchase players.”
Hughton reiterated he is not keen to lose any of his current squad with the likes of back-up striker Luciano Becchio likely to be the subject of fresh Championship interest.
“At the moment our thoughts are not on anyone leaving the club,” he said. “What happens come the end of the month you can never pre-empt, but the decisions I am making are all about who we bring in.”