Chris Hughton - Michael Turner will not let Norwich City down

Norwich City defender Michael Turner is in contention to face West Brom at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City defender Michael Turner is in contention to face West Brom at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, April 4, 2014
8:00 AM

Michael Turner would let no-one down if pressed into action for Norwich City’s Premier League tussle against West Brom, according to Chris Hughton.

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Turner is a viable option should Joseph Yobo fail to prove his fitness following a calf injury that ruled him out of the 3-0 defeat at Swansea. Ryan Bennett was preferred to Turner alongside Seb Bassong, with Hughton opting to keep the centre-back in reserve after his long lay-off with a hamstring injury. Turner has not featured for the Canaries since the New Year’s Day trip to Crystal Palace – the last time Norwich picked up a point on the road.

“I would have no problems with starting Michael on Saturday,” said Hughton. “We had a really good training session on the Monday, a longer session which was very intense and if I felt it was right I would have no hesitation. He is now fit and available and another week further on in his training. I think the fact he was not involved at Swansea is because I had made up my mind to go with one defender on the bench. That allowed me to have another offensive player to change things.

“It wasn’t a question of him not being available or ready. It was simply either him or Steven Whittaker on the bench and with Steven it gave us a few more defensive options. If we had a problem at full-back then he could play there and Russell (Martin) we know can slot into centre-half. The decision to play Ryan ahead of Michael was very much based on the type of game I expected at Swansea and the fact he is more up-to-speed than Michael.”

Hughton confirmed yesterday Yobo had yet to train with the rest of Norwich’s first team squad this week.

“He went out with the fitness coach and the medical staff this morning (Thursday) and he has come through that fine,” he said.

“We are very hopeful he will train on Friday and be available. He hadn’t trained the early part of the week but he has just been put through a very tough session and he wasn’t too far away for the Swansea game but we felt it was too big a risk.”

Leroy Fer could also be back in training next week following his hamstring injury while fit-again midfielder Elliott Bennett is poised to step up his return from knee surgery in Friday’s development league game at Liverpool’s Under-21s. Bennett will feature for at least an hour as an over-age outfield player in Mark Robson’s squad for his first outing since City’s opening day Premier League draw against Everton.

“Elliott has trained very well. We’ve just had to make decisions on when to involve him in a game situation,” said Hughton. “We opted not to in the last development game because we felt at that stage he would only get about 45 minutes and he was better served with two training days but he will play longer in this one. Hopefully we’ll get 60, 70 minutes out of him. He looks sharp and we are pleased with him. “With Leroy we’re hoping he will train with the team at some stage next week. When that will be we are still determining.”

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15 comments

  • Watford vs Liverpool. SO similar. Becchio L2 quality. So why did Chrissy buy him? Holt is (was) going nowhere.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I will reflex on your woords van wijsheid, Blaffen. Well, you got that one through. My `h€roine` has returned as bitter as ever, though successfully avoiding another lengthy ban from Archie by eschewing her more unpleasantly graphic allusions to the ageing process. So far. But, I suppose, `persistent fouling` is an offence too, so it may be only a matter of time. But there`s no telling what set of values Archie operates by, if any at all. Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Turner would be an asset that is for sure but as far as Elliott Bennett is concerned, I think we should now save him for next season so that he fully recovers from his bad injury.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I don't think there's been anything wrong with how CH has exposed Josh this season. The times he has come on have been in situations where we've had nothing to lose. Against Watford he turned it around pretty much single-handedly, which must have been a massive feel-good factor. Then Liverpool, well we were so far gone when he came on that nobody could seriously argue there was any pressure put on him, just a chance to play on the same pitch against some formidable talent. Would bet any money that Josh loved the occasion for that alone at such an early stage in his career.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • How can losing a game of football lose someones confidence, for goodness sake where did this old wives tale come from. Our present manager I wouldn't be suprised. Ask anyone who has played football if losing a game knocked their confidence, it usually makes them more determined to do better.

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    goldie

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Yes, it would be daft to throw EB in at the deep-end now, TK. Would be different if we were safe, and he could have the odd 30min in a `safe` game. Perhaps Hughton would prefer to throw Josh in? Good chance of wrecking the young man`s confidence to no good effect. Right up Chrissy`s street. Use Josh at RB vs Liverpool, Chrissy - go on, dare you!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • You're coming at this from an interesting angle, Gek. I tried to suggest that you use the female version of the word "hero", but as Archie can't spell, he thought I was discussing substance abuse. You would have thought that a moderator should, at the very least, have some moral integrity and some grasp of the English language. This week, Archie has shown he has neither. However, on the plus side, he is such a moron that he'll probably print this comment. Je vriend, Blaff.

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    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Michael Turner will not let Norwich City down.? not as much as you have CH

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    Keep it Low

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Indeed, Alf. The inability to differentiate different keyboard characters should be a source of concern for an organisation responsible for disseminating information, education and entertainment to the good folk of East Angular. Certainly no danger that the simians in Ruin Tower will stumble across the complete works of Shakespeare any time soon.....or even ONE work of Shakespeare for that matter.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • You are acutely obtuse as ever, S\O. My hero.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Like when he threw him in against Watford in the cup and he scored on his debut. Yeah, wrecked his confidence that one. You can keep having a go at Chris Hughton but suggesting that we put a youth prospect out of position against the best attacking team in the league leads me to believe that maybe, just maybe, the more "learned" ones amongst us confuse lack of bravery with stupidity. Chris Hughton isn't the best manager we've ever had but like I said I think he'll keep us up and then amicably leave. He won't be remembered alongside Grant or Roeder or even Worthington like you would like him to be. The players have a lot to answer for and never seem to be criticised. Unfortunately for Brewer we can't play a Becchio 11. I jest of course, Becchio is going to make a fine league 2 striker next year when he goes out on loan.

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    Steady On

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Crazy, Blaff. A faux `E` in the form of a `€` necessary. That is truly worrying. Alf.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Team selection couldn't be made worse by selecting some younger promising players in MYO. City keep sending promising players out on loan when they are probably better than players being picked each week.

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    goldie

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • POTS has to be Becchio or Carlo Nash. Maybe if this happens Chris hughton will resign and walk away.....then in a cruel twist the club appoints Colin Calderwood as manager.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • If Turner wouldn't let people down it would be one of the first times that would happen. One of the worst players at the club. He's not an asset in any sense, like remotely. Not surprising it's coming from the guy that thinks Ryan Bennett is more of a PL player than Bassong and a clear upgrade...

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    jaemae2 .

    Friday, April 4, 2014

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