Norwich City’s new loan signing Joseph Yobo could be pressed into action against Premier League title-challengers Manchester City this weekend with Ryan Bennett a major injury doubt.

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Chris Hughton confirmed at Colney on Thursday afternoon centre-back Bennett has not trained all week with a thigh problem. The City chief is not ruling out a late Saturday fitness test for the 23-year-old, but Hughton has no fears if Yobo is required to step into the starting line-up after linking up with his new team mates this week. Hughton delivered more positive injury news on the on-going fitness of Michael Turner (hamstring) and Jonny Howson (back). Both will again miss out against the Blues this weekend, but the duo have made progress in recent days.

“Michael is still out but he has been outside and doing some work this week, which is healthy,” he said. “We are hoping Jonny Howson won’t be too far away which will be a real bonus for us and apart from that only Elliott Bennett is a longer term.

“Ryan Bennett has not trained this week and he is touch and go for Saturday. He has just felt his thigh slightly. It might end up being a fitness test before the game but we are hoping he is available because he has been playing very well at the minute.

“That is just one of a few decisions I have to make and I want as much competition in the squad as possible so having Joseph here doesn’t give me any headaches. Regarding the squad you want competition. We have a few injuries right now, we have 14 games and it is up to me to make the most of the resources we have available.”

Hughton also confirmed Swindon Town have made a loan enquiry for teenage wide player Jacob Murphy.

“I would have to say there has been some enquiries on that front. It is something we are very much thinking about but at this stage nothing official,” said Hughton. “What we have been quite consistent on here is when younger lads go out on loan it is specifically to get experience. Not just in actually playing in the team. That is the ultimate aim but the experience of being around a different environment, first team football and any young player who goes is to benefit us as opposed as to the player going out.”

Hughton also revealed Wes Hoolahan comes back into his plans after a transfer saga that saw the Irishman ultimately frustrated in his attempts to leave the club last month.

“Wes will be in the squad,” Hughton said. “There is only one thing that is certain now - Wes will be here. Wes is very committed. We have a 14-game end-of-season run-in and he’s very much there for the challenge, very much part of the squad. He’s very motivated. He’s knuckled down very well in training. He is a good player as we are all aware of and he will be fighting the same as everyone else for a place. He’s trained very well and he’s very focused.”

17 comments

  • Lucky for Chris Hughton that he managed to sign a centre back in the window! Not like he doesn't need an excuse to drop Ryan Bennett anyway. Shame as I like the lad.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • How fortuitous now he has a excuse to play Yobo and not drop the 'in form' (hahaha) Bassong.

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    MBA Marine

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I can't imagine that they are making Ryan Bennett's injury up but on the loanee v contracted man choice, I can't understand why Elmander gets the shout ahead of Benchio.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • …..Mattias333! ….how did you decide upon that screen name?...there must be a good reason for it!....I use my real name when commenting on these pages, and it suits me!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • If i was Hughton I would start Becchio and Hoolahan against Man C, and after the inevitable loss, ask what are you lot on about, I played the ones you wanted , now let me play Snodgrass and 12 clones till the end of the season. Makes no sense , but neither does our manager

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • …..”Ryan Bennett is 'touch and go' for Saturday”....Ha! Ha! Ha!...Ryan Bennett was never going to play on Saturday!... That spot has already been allocated to YOBO....I suppose Bennett is another one to speak out of turn, and has been put into the same box as Benchio, Hoolahan, Fox, Howson and Turner ….But have no fear!...Robert will be there, come rain or shine!.... Ploughing his furrow up and down the middle, and falling like an axed tree, the moment he lifts his head and spots a blue shirt.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Yeh maybe Ryan Bennett and a few more ex Lambert players will be at Villa Park next season after weve been relegated. We should insist however that Hughton also goes as part of the deal.

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    Henry

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I don't want to end up eating my words here but as much as i think Ryan Bennett is a really talented player who is improving every game if he does have a weakness it has been shown against the better clubs . Against Man City i am pleased to see the experienced Joseph Yobo in the team but hope EB has a speedy recovery for the next game.

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    spark

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Couldnt agree more swiss, think the only conclusion we can draw is that he simply doesnt like becchio as a person. RVW and Elmander have something like 1 goal in 30 odd prem games between them. For all we know becchio could start the next 5 games and score 5 but it won't happen. Hughton will never change and will never start him.

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    bonesy

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Who shot Steady On. Latest reports have 26513 suspects being sought by the authorities.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Bonesy- You so right about Becchio. Why is Hughton so so stubborn. As you say Elmander and Van Winkle one goal between them all season and STILL he wont start him!!!!!!! Our goal tally is pathetic but he continues to bury his head in the sand. Snodgrass would be played on crutches , the list goes on. OK all managers have their preferred starting 11, but his disgraceful treatment of Becchio is beyond comprehension. Why isn't he given a start instead of the odd 5 minutes when as usual too late? The man is out of his depth and simply has to go.

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    Mawther07

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Good one Wivenhoe. It wasn't me though - I was aiming for Bewilderwood at the time.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Spark, did you mean RB or EB? What IS happening with Elliott B?? The silence, though typical, is worrying. Like M333 & Stew, I suspect Hughton`s latest lump would`ve been preferred anyway. I`m sure Lambert will be delighted to have Ryan back with him next season.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Why did you miss Bewilderwood, el dingo? The Jackal did as well as you, on his day! Leave it to me, I`ll find Calderdash another job. The Cat Pottery one in North Walsham`s gone. He fluffed the interview. But there`s a job in Happisburgh, creating prehistoric footprints on the beach. A diiferent species of human, so he`s a certainty.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • .....so I am often told.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • ha @ Stew Pydsodd. Sadly i've no interesting story about my user name. Just a nick name I picked up in my youth. In no way scandinavian etc....although I do admire the way they live life generally. Hopefully Yobo alongside Bassong, what ever my feelings on Bennett, will only help NCFC. Despite being well over the 30 year old mark, hes Nigeria's Captain and leading appearance maker. Hopefully his experience will help settle us at the back and also take the burden off Bassongs shoulders slightly of keeping us organised so he can focus on his own job. Not saying it will work this saturday but in general hopefully it will help tighten up the backline

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • If this is true, its a big blow. Ryans covering of Bassong last week was crucial.

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

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