Norwich City’s on-loan defender Joseph Yobo ruled out of Premier League clash against title favourites Liverpool

Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer has suffered no adverse reaction to his return from a hamstring injury at Fulham. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer has suffered no adverse reaction to his return from a hamstring injury at Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, April 18, 2014
5:49 PM

Russell Martin and Michael Turner are primed to get another chance to work on their central defensive partnership against Liverpool’s fearsome spearhead in Easter Sunday’s Premier League tussle at Carrow Road.

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Martin and Turner were paired in tandem at Craven Cottage with Sebastien Bassong a surprise omission from Neil Adams’ first matchday squad. Adams confirmed on Friday afternoon Bassong has trained this week but on-loan centre back Joseph Yobo has been ruled out with a calf problem as he looks to come up with a plan to subdue Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, if the England striker overcomes a hamstring injury.

“Joseph will be out for another week at least. He has had a scan on his calf and it will be a week or maybe two weeks, we don’t know,” said Adams. “The sooner the better he is back but he had the scan two or three days ago and he’s one we’ve got to manage. Seb is fine. He wasn’t injured last weekend and he has trained this week.”

Leroy Fer has suffered no adverse reaction to his 70-minute outing at Fulham after recovering from a hamstring injury. Fer is expected to retain his place against the Reds but Elliott Bennett will not be considered after his third development outing since knee ligament surgery at Manchester United in midweek.

“Elliott is continuing his recovery from that long-term injury and he got 90 minutes at Manchester United the other night which is all part of that process,” said Adams. “Leroy has had no reaction. He has been fine and he has been carefully monitored. He trained fully this week and he is a big player for us.”

Adams is happy for City to be written off against the title favourites. The Canaries’ chief realises few outside Norfolk give his squad any chance of halting the Reds’ surge to a first title since 1990 at Carrow Road this weekend but he believes the battle at both ends of the table will have plenty of sub-plots.

“At this stage of the season you see strange results,” he said. “If you look Sunderland the other night everyone in the country probably expected Manchester City to win and win comfortably, especially when they scored so early on. Sunderland is fighting for their lives and they showed that steel and a bit of bite and people will have seen that from us at Fulham. Hopefully we will see it again on Sunday and in the remaining three matches. It is far from cut and dried. Teams are scrapping for points at the top and bottom.

“It is going to be about belief, confidence, desire. All those words and many more besides and supporters would know what I am talking about. We had that at Fulham for certain and people could see that and we need it again against Liverpool.”

Adams is ruling out any lingering hangover from a 1-0 defeat at relegation rivals Fulham on his first day in charge.

“We were disappointed after the game because we played particularly well and deserved to win,” he said. “That is what makes it hard to take. If we had been beaten and deserved to be beaten you take it on the chin and look to improve but when we have had a really good go that is difficult. Sunday and Monday goes by and then it is back to normal and the boys have been great this week and the focus is on Liverpool.

“You have to assume other teams will pick up points and we can’t rely on sitting there and hoping.

“We have to go out and get points. We know how incredibly tough the last four games are and everyone at Norwich knew that when the fixtures came out last June. Make no bones about it, they are four really top sides but we are confident we can get points.”

13 comments

  • It is said that a team is a reflection of the Manager and this must be true as neither is capable of existing on their own. Without appropriate Management a team will not thrive as likewise a Manager cannot thrive without a good team of players. I think we will come to see that at Norwich we had an adequate playing staff whose collective skills were not harnessed and utilized for the benefit of the club but the manager was intent on proving that he was in charge and did things that he felt demonstrated this whilst totally neglecting the fundamentals of surviving in the Premiership. There are many examples of positive management in the bottom half of the Premiership i.e. Crystal Palace Tony Pullis, West HamSam Allardyce and even Fulham Felix Magath. It is clear from this that the manager has a huge influence on the team but unfortunately for us at NCFC CH's influence was entirely negative and he must therefore take the major part of the blame.

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    NICEONE

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Good points there Derek McD. I agree.

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Yes, it is, Swiss. I always felt he had talent, and was a bit disappointed that he somehow failed to build on that L1 Season, as one of the `Holy Trinity`, with Holt & Wesley. There were injuries and, of course, Simeon Jackson. He is a good dead-ball striker. I saw him being sent off for Derby on The Football League show recently (totally undeserved). He seems to have bulked up a bit and looked very Holt-esque at times. 23 goals in all Comps, I think. Not bad, even in the Championship. That was a good career move for him. Change of Club, change of company and, most importantly, away from Hugh Trollderwood. Derby have obtained a 25 year-old 20+ goal striker for free. Good business. Vaughan is Huddersfield`s top scorer, too, though his injury proneness seems to be back, sadly. IHWT. Did we really? Mass delusion. Mea culpa.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • I am actually really pleased for Chris Martin that he is starting to find his feet, a shame that we were unable to help him do that.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Chris Martin got another one last night. Also, he left for free - out of contract, just past the age for `compo`. Well managed, City. He looks better equipped, physically, to score goals in the Prem than does the wraith van Wolfswinkel. Derby look set for the play-offs, so you never know, we may see Beccles Boy leapfrogging us into the Prem - along with Burnley`s Jason Shackell.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • .....My point Linc's is that we could hardly be WORSE off if money had not been squandered on the newcomers!....Houghton inherited a decent team, and decided to dismantle it !....that's what new managers do, to make a statement that tries to say ' I'm better than the last guy'!....He wasn't! and the club and supporters are paying the price of his failures!....It wasn't broken!...Pity he didn't leave it alone!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Scoring goals for Derby and Southend are not the same as scoring Premiership goals. Hooper might bag a few more against championship defences. Maybe even RVW if Snods lets him take penalties.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • .....D.Mc..You have defended Houghton and passed the blame on to his players....fair enough if that's your opinion!....You then single out his expensive 'buys' for not producing, and state that we made a mistake in selling Chris Martin, who is scoring goals at Derby....Who then is responsible for this situation?....Other unnecessary departees could easily be added to this list!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Algarve, Hoots did not leave us in a mess, the players must take some responsibility. £13 m on two strikers who have produced nothing. Chris Martin at Derby 19 goals this season, Murphy scoring at Southend, perhaps we should have kept them

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    Derek McDonald

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • The days of a 5 . 3 . 2 then the goal keeper formation are long gone. Now defence rules supreme.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Why worry about losing a defender? We've done without a goalscorer all season.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • It would be a massive ask for Adams to drag us out of the mess that Chris Hughton left us in. The consolation for me will be that his team goes down all guns firing and trying to turn the ship away from the rocks.

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Great attitude from Neil Adams. With play on the field to back it up we could yet survive!

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    la barbe

    Friday, April 18, 2014

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