December 5 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Norwich City team captain Sebastien Bassong is back in the frame for Chelsea’s Premier League visit.
The Canaries’ reigning player-of-the-year missed the away win at Stoke with a hamstring injury along with Nathan Redmond (thigh) and Javier Garrido (groin). All three returned to training ahead of the Blues’ visit but Hughton admits City’s personnel on duty at the Britannia have made a persuasive case to retain their places.
“We started well at Stoke and we created some good momentum so I think it is fair to say there is a nice feeling around the place at present,” he said. “That is on the back of two good wins and there was also a sense after (Aston) Villa that despite the disappointment of losing we felt we had created a lot of chances and had the majority of the ball in the Villa half. What victories do, and especially the nature of the one at Watford in the cup, is add even more belief.
“Seb is okay. At the moment he has come through fine and we’ll just hope there is no reaction - the same for both of the other two lads. They have come through fitness tests in the last few days. Ricky (van Wolfswinkel) missed a few days training a little earlier in the week, but again he has trained and is fine.”
Teenage wide player Josh Murphy was not involved in Friday night’s development game at West Ham’s Under-21s, which the Hammers won 2-0.
“What we have done is kept him around the first team,” said Hughton. “He is in an England under-19 squad next Tuesday. I’ll make a decision as to whether he is part of the squad for Chelsea or not.”