Injured Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer ruled out for a ‘number of weeks’

Norwich City's Leroy Fer will miss Stoke's Premier League visit. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire. Norwich City's Leroy Fer will miss Stoke's Premier League visit. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
2:05 PM

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has revealed injured midfielder Leroy Fer will miss a ‘number of weeks’ with his hamstring problem but Hughton is adamant the Dutch international’s Premier League season is not over.

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Fer suffered the injury in the build up to the recent Premier League 4-1 defeat at Aston Villa and Hughton confirmed at Colney on Thursday lunchtime Fer will not be involved against Stoke this weekend.

Robert Snodgrass (wrist) and Ricky van Wolfswinkel (knee) are poised to train later on Thursday and will come into contention for the Potters’ test if they suffer no adverse reaction over the next two days. Joseph Yobo and Martin Olsson are also in the squad despite missing out on international friendlies for Nigeria and Sweden respectively and Hughton confirmed none of his other international contingent have picked up injuries from their midweek action.

Hughton admits losing Fer for some crucial battles ahead is a big blow but the midfielder is expected to return to bolster the club’s survival push.

“It is a hamstring strain. Sometimes you are a little bit reluctant to put a timescale on it, but he will be out for a period of weeks,” said Hughton. How long he will be out for, we will just keep assessing it, but we do not fear it is for the season. Ricky and Robert will train on Thursday and we are confident they will be available. With Joseph we are confident he will be okay, he has just had to play with a slight strain but it is not a major worry and the same with Martin. Both ourselves and Sweden have known he would have to have an operation on his shoulder but he is able to play through that.”

Central defender Michael Turner and Jonas Gutierrez will miss out against Stoke but the duo are expected to re-join training next week.

“Michael’s been out for a longer period of time, so it will be really good to see him back in the group again,” said Hughton. “It’s been frustrating for Jonas – he came here on loan and played in a couple of games, but since then it’s been as frustrating for him as it is has been for us. It will be good to get them back because we’re getting into that important part of the season.”

Hughton expects the right reaction this weekend after shipping four goals in 16 minutes at Villa Park.

“We have been in a series of games where confidence had been high, so it does take a bit of a knock, but generally this season when we have had to get a response from the players, it has been good,” he said. “Everybody would have been hurting after that, especially the players, and so the best opportunity they have is the next one. It has been a difficult week with eight players away on international duty, but that is the same for everybody else. We have to expect a reaction, and so far this season when we have needed one, we have usually got one.”

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26 comments

  • Je Je... Farcical

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    el dingo

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • I tried to comment and got Guru Mediation. What is that? Does Archant not know that it's in the media business and it's media doesn't work?

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    B Inners

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Is there any other club that has players constantly getting muscle problems? Is it the wrong type of grass on the pitch or maybe the wrong type soil?

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    blackdog2

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • So all the speculation about Leroy Fer which was "wide of the mark" was actually spot on then. Farcical.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Crikey, got one through.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • The shame is the last sentence of the story, we have to expect a reaction, and so far this season when we have needed one, we have usually got one. Only trouble is the board haven't reacted, yet!

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • This is the last thing we need as Fer has a lot of strength that we desperately need against teams like Stoke. We MUST get behind the boys on Saturday. If we win our next three home games we are staying up. OTBC

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    snooker109

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • I tried to comment and got Guru Mediation. What is that? Does Archant not know that it's in the media business and it's media doesn't work?

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    B Inners

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • This is the last thing we need as Fer has a lot of strength that we desperately need against teams like Stoke. We MUST get behind the boys on Saturday. If we win our next three home games we are staying up. OTBC

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    snooker109

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Good work Swiss.

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    JimBob

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Indeed, blackdog2. I was wondering whether our Statistician in Chief, Lincs Canary, could analyse the stats and see if we`re any worse than other Prem teams. We`re never dealing from a full pack; they seem to be taking `sickies` on some sort of rota sysem. Perhaps thy`re preparing for jobs in the Public Sector when their playing days are over?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • I don`t think the current régime at Carrow Road could tell the truth if the alternative was death by a thousand bank accounts. Good to see Hoots on first name terms with more players, not just Robert.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • That should have read Convalescence but mine is taking slightly longer as I am a long term season ticket holder so my suffering will go on for a few more seasons yet.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • The Dutch contingent will have their agents on the case. Fer will be better placed to escape, while Winkel has a credibility gap to fill. It`ll be difficult now, because an insider source tells me Becchio is now first on the team sheet, ahead even of Robert. Hoots is insisting that RvW leaves for free. Now, that`s consistency.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • If we sit back and play the 0-0 system, there`s bound to be a defensive blooper, followed by abject surrender. This team has forgotten how to fight back. Or even fight. Oh, for a leader in the Holt mould. And a manager not from a jelly mould.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Good to see that Jonas Gutierrez may be back in training soon, I had started to wonder if NCFC was seen as a Hospital Club but rather than taking paying patients, we seem to pay them a shed load of money for doing f all. Poor old Becchio has now been injured for something like 18 months but he is allowed to sit on the bench as a form of convelence. Meanwhile Fer seems to have joined the long waiting list but perhaps in his case, he has decided he has had enough football for this season.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Indeed, blackdog2. I was wondering whether our Statistician in Chief, Lincs Canary, could analyse the stats and see if we`re any worse than other Prem teams. We`re never dealing from a full pack; they seem to be taking `sickies` on some sort of rota sysem. Perhaps thy`re preparing for jobs in the Public Sector when their playing days are over?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • I wonder how he will manage to survive on Statutory Sick Pay for the months ahead!

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • I cannot get thro` the cordon.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • An obvious point.. but this means we will stay up based on a midfield of Johnson and Tettey with Howson just in front of them.. gelling very quickly.... Less strength in midfield means slightly more withdrawn wingers running from deeper and pushing up in line with Howson.... could be interesting

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    jops

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • `system`, even. This game of `Beat the Ether` is taking its toll....

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • It is not a bad thing for him to sit a few games out and get well. We do have other options available. Wes seems to be really up for it at the moment.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • "A number of weeks" usually means 3-4 weeks. If he's back for the West Brom game on 54, then effectively he's got just 2 games where he could make a difference. I'm not sure even Messi could help us win the last 4. I hope Wes steps up to the plate. We need someone in midfield who can drive forward. The next 6 games are where we need to squirrel some serious points away.

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    Timbo

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • This is the last thing we need as Fer has a lot of strength that we desperately need against teams like Stoke. We MUST get behind the boys on Saturday. If we win our next three home games we are staying up. OTBC

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    snooker109

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • I tried to comment and got Guru Mediation. What is that? Does Archant not know that it's in the media business and it's media doesn't work?

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    B Inners

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • "A number of weeks" usually means 3-4 weeks. If he's back for the West Brom game on 54, then effectively he's got just 2 games where he could make a difference. I'm not sure even Messi could help us win the last 4. I hope Wes steps up to the plate. We need someone in midfield who can drive forward. The next 6 games are where we need to squirrel some serious points away.

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    Timbo

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

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