Grant Holt is touch and go but Chris Hughton says Norwich City can cope

Norwich City captain Grant Holt is a major doubt for Saturday's game with a hamstring injury. Norwich City captain Grant Holt is a major doubt for Saturday's game with a hamstring injury.

Friday, December 21, 2012
11:37 AM

Chris Hughton says Norwich City can cope if inspirational captain Grant Holt is ruled out of the festive Premier League opener at West Brom tomorrow through injury.

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Holt’s is major doubt for the game at the Hawthorns with a hamstring problem that forced him off against Wigan recently.

The striker’s potential absence could open the door for Steve Morison to spearhead the Canaries’ attack, with Tottenham loanee Harry Kane also pushing his claims for inclusion with a comeback brace in the midweek development league win over West Ham after months out with a broken foot.

Hughton is adamant Norwich have enough strength in depth to defend a club record 10-match Premier League unbeaten record.

“Yes, that’s what the squad is about and that’s why you want the players here that are not playing right now,” he said. “You want the squad as competitive as possible. We have gone through a run where we haven’t changed the team so much but it is impossible to continue that.

“At some stage players are going to miss games, but we want anybody that comes in to be as up to speed as possible and I would have no fears that whoever came in would do the best job they could. At the moment we have certainly not ruled him out completely. The good news is it is certainly not anywhere near as bad as either it could be or as we feared it might be. I would have to say he is touch and go for the weekend. If he did miss West Brom we would certainly hope he is fit enough for the rest of the Christmas period. If I was a betting man, which I’m not, I would say he will miss Saturday, yes.”

Hughton admitted Holt has refused to concede defeat in his personal fitness battle despite sitting out training for the entire week.

“He has done it in the past where he has had an injury and come back a lot quicker than what everybody thought,” he said. “Saturday probably will be a game too soon but with anybody, particularly someone like Grant, you don’t want to rule him out. Grant hasn’t been able to do any training this week but if there is any little chance, he’s that type of individual. We certainly will be guided by the medical department and we certainly wouldn’t take any risk that could put him out for a lot longer period.”

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13 comments

  • I couldn`t agree with you more, andys. Holt is a hard act to follow - they broke the mould when they made him! But Morison must show willing or wave goodbye, methinks?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • I have nothing against Morison and would love to see him start scoring. However, his ball retention worries me. Holt is not just a goal scorer but a good link man as well.

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    andys

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Well we lost our unbeaten run it had to happen but disappointed by the second half performance. Morison was dreadful all game, can't run, can't hold the ball up ..offers not threat what so ever ..so boy did we miss Holt today - hope he is back soon. WBA were playing with 4 strikers and looked like they would score - we hardly went down the other end. Looks like its going to be a tough Christmas....

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    kevin rymell

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • U21's Jacob Murphy looks more and more like a fresh quality talent, when looking on the the bbc's squad list for us his name is listed. can we play him in the senior squad? if so I say lets save our January pennies and promote from within, young full of energy, unknown and keen to break through. best of all we already have him.

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    MBA Marine

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • I would like to see Snoddy on the left, Elliot Bennett on the right and Pilks in the middle, he has two good feet, he is tall and can head the ball, he is also quick, he could be a surprise packet!

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    blackdog2

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Sound comments as always Mad Brewer. Lets hope Morison takes his chance

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    andys

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • That could work, blackdog. Also, he`ll be learning the crafty side of his craft from Wes & Holty. He seems an intelligent lad. (Conversity of C. Martin situation springs to mind). His true two-footedness has been seen a bit recently. I thought, before the season started, that Pilks could be good for maybe 10 goals. Thankyou andys for your courteous comment. I like footy dialogue with gentlemen!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • looks like Morison will be upfront then. Unfortunately his work rate is not comparable to Holty. Whilst Holty puts himself about Morison tends to swan around hoping someone will put a chance on a plate for him

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    andys

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Jacob Murphy scored twice in the recent Norfolk Senior Cup vs Dereham. I believe, since he`s under 21, JM can be in the 1st team squad above & beyond the limit of 25. Or something like that! At the risk of agreeing with MBA and all the rancour that can cause in some circles, I too dearly wish we could bring one of our own Academy products all the way to 1st Team Prem football. We`ve been close with Korey Smith and Chris Martin has had his chances.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • I have nothing against Morison and would love to see him start scoring. However, his ball retention worries me. Holt is not just a goal scorer but a good link man as well.

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    andys

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • In the last 3 seasons, the absence of Holt would have been a very serious blow. It is still serious, but since Hughton`s arrival, we appear to have more "Leaders" in Bassong & Tettey. Existing players like Johnson and Pilks have matured. Hoolahoop is in the form of his life. We have quality in key defensive positions. This could be the big chance for Morison to show he can cut it, or not. Too soon for Kane? If only we could clone Grant....... but we`ll be OK, fingers crossed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Ethered. Précis. Good thought blackdog. Cheers, andys. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Funny thing is, andys, earlier in his career at Stevenage and Millwall, it was said of Morison that he had the happy knack of being in the right place at the right time. Many people put it down to that he worked so hard to achieve that. If he does have it in him to "do a Holt", now is the time to show it! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 21, 2012

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