Norwich City centre-back Ryan Bennett is an injury concern for Southampton’s Premier League visit to Carrow Road this weekend.

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Canaries’ boss Chris Hughton confirmed at Colney on Thursday afternoon Bennett had two stitches in a gashed left knee injured in the second half of the club’s midweek 6-3 Capital One Cup win over Bury. Hughton also revealed Gary Hooper will have to wait for his top flight bow until after the pending international break with the former Celtic striker only poised to return to light training on Friday. Hooper has not featured since damaging his shin in the pre-season finale against Panathinaikos.

“I think in Gary’s case the international break probably comes at the right time for him,” said Hughton. “With no league fixtures next weekend it gives him a good period of training and we hope he will be available for the Tottenham game. He will start running tomorrow. Ryan had a couple of stitches the other night but he is a tough lad. He will be touch and go but there is nothing more than that. It’s not something that is going to keep him out for a while. Seb (Bassong) took a knock or two as well in the same game but he is fine. He has played a couple of development games and the 90 minutes against Bury. I’m delighted to see him back.”

Johan Elmander capped his competitive home debut for the club with a brace and Hughton admitted the Swedish international is firmly in his thoughts for the Saints’ clash.

“Johan had played games before he was involved with us, I think he played 90 minutes in an international game for Sweden so fitness is not an issue,” he said. “Johan is a very good player and he showed all his experience in the Bury game. That was part of the reason we brought him in because we felt he would have a general influence around the club. With new players it can take time to bed in, particularly with younger players, and Johan will be very good that way.”

Hughton confirmed Norwich will continue to monitor the transfer market ahead of Monday’s deadline but there is nothing further to report on the club’s interest in Australian international James Troisi.

“He is one of numerous phone calls that we have made and enquiries but I stress he is one of a few,” said Hughton. “It is normal at this time of the window with a few days left. Certainly if we put in the public domain all the list of enquiries we have made that would be a very long conversation. He is someone I knew at Newcastle although he had been there for a while before me - I think he had been at Newcastle three-and-a-half years before I got there so I didn’t know him that well.”

12 comments

  • Oops, wrong board!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

  • I wonder if Troisi has a beard? Michael (Shameless) Bailey has been appointed as Professor of Pogonology at the pre-eminent University of Postwick. Fact.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

  • Bruce87, maybe Hooper has his eye on the comparative quality of the domestic opposition week-in, week-out, rather than the vagaries of a sortie into Europe and how long that might last? Celtic did OK to get this far, but they were only an away goal from failing. Also, Gary says he wants to get noticed by the England manager. On the downside, if he does really well for us, perhaps a `Big Club` might come shopping? Still a brave move, as you say. He had a comfortable career there, assuming he got on OK with old `Give Strife a Chance` Lennon.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 30, 2013

  • I think Hooper was thinking more of ManU, Chelsea, ManC and Arsenal etc. over St. Mirren, Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle and Ross County, Bruce? He expresses ambition to muscle into the England squad and, I suppose, if he impresses with l`il ol` Naaaridge, one of the `Big Boys` might come shopping at Carra Rud. You are right though; it is a very brave decision he`s made, hopefully for all the right reasons.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 30, 2013

  • will city play two strikers for saturday and win the game

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    wise supporter

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

  • I went into the Lion and Unicorn last night, and they were selling cigars. Couldn't believe my eyes. Shame its so far from the ground, but there you go. You'd have hated it though Brew. Looked like something out of Ikea

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, August 30, 2013

  • A shame for both lads, Ryan looks the ideal partner for Bassong but a stiched gash takes more than a couple of days to heal. Hooper looked good against the Greeks so will be missed for a few more games by the sound of things. None the less we could play RVW and Elmander as either look capable of playing in the hole, especially Elmander who worked his socks off on Tuesday. If that fails to deliver we can always bring one of our atacking midfielders off the bench in the second half.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

  • Whilst we are on the wrong boards Brew ,I notice that your old mate BTB on the Good Pub Guide story is calling for half of all pubs to be closed down. He never changes.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

  • Wonder if Hooper watched the champions league draw today. A brave man to swap Barcelona, Milan and Ajax for Carrow Road.

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    Bruce87

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

  • Oops, 2 articles, found BTB`s (funny!). Also pubmandave`s comments which I mostly agree with. I was still blocked from submitting a comment of my own. Have e-mailed a contact @ Archant but doubt there`s much she can do. She has tried in the past but probably not allowed to undo the embargo.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 30, 2013

  • Wow!!! Two stiches!! Is he taking visitors?

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    Dissaster

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

  • Steely Dan, hello. I had a look at the item on the Good Pub Guide story, and BTB`s comment is not there. Indeed, the message board is bare. I posted a well-reasoned (for me) and polite if, slightly sceptical, viewpoint. The message board is still bare. Tried a one-liner - same result. I have often had this problem with any brewing\pub items, despite (because of) my professional interest (retired). I don`t like the new world of Sommeliers and `experts` like Roger Protz, nor the burgeoning pretentious, overpriced world of gastro-pubs. There`s even a bar in Norwich with a Cuban Revollution theme. A Castro-pub, perhaps?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 30, 2013

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