Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey back in contention for Southampton after injury scare

Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey is available for selection against Southampton after a painful early injury exit in last week's Premier League home draw against Stoke City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey is available for selection against Southampton after a painful early injury exit in last week's Premier League home draw against Stoke City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, March 13, 2014
2:42 PM

Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey is back in contention for the Premier League visit to Southampton this weekend after his Stoke injury scare.

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Tettey was forced to depart in the closing stages of the 1-1 Carrow Road draw against the Potters after being caught by a studs up challenge that earned Stoke’s Jonathan Walters a red card.

Chris Hughton confirmed at Colney on Thursday his Norwegian international enforcer has responded well to treatment and is in the squad for the trip to St Mary’s.

“Alex is back in, no problem,” said Hughton. “The lads were off on Monday, he didn’t train Tuesday but he has trained the rest of the week. He took a blow to that knee area and it was a fortunate one in the sense it could have been a lot worse.”

Michael Turner and Jonas Gutierrez have both returned to training, but Hughton confirmed neither are in his plans for the trip to the south coast. Turner has been out since damaging his hamstring on New Year’s Day and Hughton admitted the towering centre-back had been a huge loss.

“Yes, too soon really for this weekend,” he said. “He has trained two days and considering the length of time he has been out we have to be careful. It is just good to get him back on pitch. He has been a big miss.

“Michael is a solid campaigner. I think in some ways a little bit similar to Joseph (Yobo). If you are talking about centre halves then he does what it says on the tin. He is a steady, uncompromising centre half and he is certainly one who is prepared to throw his body in front of the ball. There are no frills about him, he does the job and that shows in the amount of games he has played.”

Hughton delivered mixed injury news on midfield duo Leroy Fer and Elliott Bennett. Fer is back in light training after his own hamstring problem but is poised to remain sidelined for the foreseeable future. Bennett will make his long-awaited return to training next week after a season wrecked by the knee ligament injury suffered on the opening day against Everton that required surgery and months of rehab.

“Elliott Bennett will hopefully be training with us next week and we’ve been encouraged by some of the injured players, who are either back now training or very close to training,” said Hughton. “Leroy was outside doing a bit of running on Wednesday – we’ll keep trying to give updates on his progress but he’s still going to be a few weeks away.”

10 comments

  • Brew you have alot of experience when it comes to tactics have you??? ;-)

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    sharky

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • .....Hello once again Sharkey!...Are you going to Southampton on Saturday?... I won't be.... The only time I make that journey, is when I'm off on a cruise!...I will have to be content with watching it all live on TV.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Sharky, I confess that I am in awe of your superior tactical acumen. I am but a mere mortal who has never watched, played or studied football. I have no badges, tracksuits, or chewing gum. I am unworthy. Respect, oh Guru. ;-D

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • I would make just two changes to last Saturdays starting 11, Hooper in for RVW and Bennett in for Bassong. Wishful thinking I know but perhaps somebody paid to advise the manager looks at this site from time to time.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Good! Only Concern though is Hughton simply goes Howson, Tettey & Johnson as default. No issue with Howson in the side but just get the feeling he will drop Wes out which takes us back to providing even less for the striker(s). If it works and he achieves the 0-0 he desires so badly setting up like that then fantastic, I take my hat off to him. It'll be a point I didnt expect us getting to make up for the 3 points I predicted us getting against Stoke. I doubt Hughton will go down south and try match Southampton. They play the way im sure many NCFC fans wish we could with the current squad. Sounds bonkers to some but in my opinion Jay Rodriguez is no better than RVW or Hooper but hes banged the goals in. (By the way I do like young Jay and glad hes been in and around the England Set up). Either we will rock up saturday and try get a 0-0, fail and then have no plan B or Boruc will have a nightmare in goal gift us a tiny bit of hope of striking a surprise. Cant see us hanging on for 0-0 with the way they play (and we play!) and certainly cant see us going there and out playing them to win.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Sharky thinks tactics are a form of small mint confection. I do too ! And so does Hoots by the way he applies them.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Sharky anyone who has watched football for any length of time has some knowledge of tactics. It doesn't take a genius to see that for much of last season and most of this, Hughton's tactics have not worked. Of course we could take the World War One approach and state very loudly and properly that only the Generals and Field Marshalls know about tactics so be respectful and confident when told to walk slowly across no-mans land toward the Kaiser's machine guns. Unfortunately we don't have four years to avoid relegation nor the American industrial machine to help us.

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    waclor

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • I did say "That is if CH wants tactical options from subs". However, I do live in hope for something to come out of a substitution once this season, even if it is only by mistake.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • I don`t believe `tactical` and `Hughton` sit easily together, MichiCan. All the original post-match stuff about Tettey was that there was no problem. So this is tantamount to a government announcing the same good news twice. Keep the plebs happy. Suspect Hoots will start with Tettey, Johnson and Howson. It all depends on who has not upset `Sir`. Becchio is a sure-fire starter. The Prodigious Son. Ricky is in a sulk because he`s been made to share his goal with Johan.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Glad to see Tettey OK. We definitely seem to be better with him on the field. With Howson starting more defensively with Wes on the field could be a working combination and give options for "tactical" changes should it not give the desired effect. That is if CH wants tactical options from subs?

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

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