Injury not as bad as first thought says Norwich City captain Grant Holt

Norwich boss Chris Hughton admitted Grant Holt is a major injury doubt for Saturday's Premier League trip to West Brom. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd. Norwich boss Chris Hughton admitted Grant Holt is a major injury doubt for Saturday's Premier League trip to West Brom. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
10:15 AM

Norwich City striker Grant Holt believes the hamstring strain he picked up at the weekend is not too serious.

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The 31-year-old frontman was forced off during the closing stages of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Wigan after experiencing discomfort, prompting fears he might have to sit out the Canaries’ busy festive programme.

The club have yet to confirm the extent of the problem but Holt used his Twitter account yesterday to ease the fears of City supporters.

“We will find out about leg today sometime,” he wrote. “Not as bad as first thought but we will wait and see.”

The Canaries are expected to issue a fitness bulletin about Holt later in the week, so it remains to be seen if he will be fit for Saturday’s trip to West Browmich Albion, when Chris Hughton’s side will be going for a fourth straight league win.

The games come thick and fast after that with home matches against Chelsea on Boxing Day and Manchester City on Saturday week followed by a trip to West Ham on New Year’s Day and an FA Cup third round tie at Peterborough on Saturday, January 5.

Holt was out and about yesterday, visiting the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to spread festive cheer with colleagues Robert Snodgrass and Alexander Tettey.

After handing out gifts and signing autographs for youngsters the City striker spoke to Sky Sports about the stunning turnaround that has seen the Canaries go 10 matches unbeaten in the Premier League – after failing to win any of their opening seven fixtures.

“At the start of the season a lot of people were writing us off, saying Norwich weren’t doing this, weren’t doing that, that we were one-hit wonders,” he said.

“I said then it was going to take time, people had to get used to what the manager was trying to do.

“We are a little bit more defensive this year, a little bit tighter. We conceded a few against Liverpool and Chelsea and we sorted it out.

“Now everything has clicked and the lads are chipping in with goals left, right and centre. The team is performing and we are at a level where everyone knows what each of us are going to do.

“As soon as it clicked I think everyone could see we are a very tough side to break down with the quality we’ve got.”

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27 comments

  • Anyone remember a young centre-back called Chris Sutton who was played up front as a makeshift striker for a few games + actually managed to score 1 or 2 goals ..? I wonder what happened to him in his footballing career..?

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • I am glad to hear that the injury isn't too bad but the worst thing is to come back too soon and do more serious damage.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • I`m going to try sending "Terry Alcock" again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • horse needs a match in the stable

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    MBA Marine

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • I remember very many years ago that West Ham had a centre forward problem so they played John Bond for a few games and Noel Cantwell for a few who were both full backs, that worked well.

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • Unless I remove all content.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • That was it! Count Terry`s proper surname! What nonsense.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Spot on, Pa! I thought maybe die Grosskontrolleren would filter out that bit of whimsy without some fragmentation!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • I think he should spend the west brom game resting in the stable, so he is fully re-charged for the bigger teams that he does love to sneak a goal against.

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    MBA Marine

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • For your information timbo, the young Chris Sutton.played for Horsford youth in his teenage years as a centre forward where he was a prolific goal scorer. He only played occasionally as a centre back but spent most of his career as a centre forward.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • When 11-year-old Holty scored at Wembley, he was wearing a No. 2 shirt. Is he a "converted" full-back or was his school team into squad numbers?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • @ timbo, you will find Chrissy Sutton playing for wroxham on a Saturday in the same team as his son... Nice touch. OTBC

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    The Yellow Yachtie

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • There was also a certain Mr Dublin who was pretty decent at both - admittedly he was a striker who then played CB at times late on in his career.

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • Hear hear, Swiss. The horse must not be broken! I`m sure Hoots won`t take any risks, even if Holty "insists" he`s fit. Play Bassong in the Holty role! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • "Forgot" Rosemary. Insert where felt appropriate!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • What about Terry "the Count" Allcock? Didn`t he adapt to both roles? Even the Ginger Pelé did a bit of both. Anyway, Pa, the Bassong comment was just a jest. Somebody on another board had said that Bassong was after this season`s Golden Boot Award. Even if most of his goals are headers.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Well I've stirred it again Brew it seems! Every boy knows that if you have any ability in body and mind with a football at your feet you will you will become a forward. Those of lesser ability may get to be in midfield, tapering off to the stoppers. Those with a hard head and big feet. Please don't tell me that Goalkeepers are footballers. When, many years ago, I took to the field, the question asked was not whether I would score, but how many..... Modesty? None! any one with the gift, didn't hide it.

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Blimey! I`ll leave it to your many other admirers to attack you for that one, Pa. According to the OED, "Parsnip" has its roots (!) in a French word meaning `to dig or trench the ground`. This is evident in your deeply entrenched principles, and long may it continue! Btw, the parsnip is in the same family of plants as parsley. Is that why you`re a wise old sage and love stuffing at Christmas thyme? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • I take it that this is the page for comments today!.....Todays Good News is that Holt is not looking for a Christmas Break, and has his heart in the right place. That was never in doubt! I am sure Brew that playing Bassong in Holts role was 'Tongue in Cheek'. He would probably be laughed at.... Defenders do not make good attackers even if they do occasionally score from set pieces. Forwards have more often than not have to turn 180 degrees when they receive the ball, unlike defenders who usually meet it head on! More criticism expected!

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    Pa Snipps

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • And in Hoolahan's case 360 degrees then back 45 etc.etc. Ad infinitum....I enjoyed the plaudit he recieved in MOS "He is like a wasp with a grudge".

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    Pa Snipps

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • Cannot get on to this board.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Indeed so Chirpy. I remember the sharp intake of breath around the footballing world when Chase finally named his price ! Sure Vic. So he was a centre-back who went back to being a centre-forward . Thanks for repeating my posting. We played him for quite a while as a defender Pa. There was some surprise amongst the ranks of Yellers when he suddenly went up front. I remember the outcry ! PS: And then there was Ron Ashman .....

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • Timbo, Sutton actually became the most expensive player ever when we sold him to Blackburn for £5mil. Incidentally, his brother John was a star for Norwich when I signed him from Motherwell on Football Manager 2009.

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    chirpy

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • I`m going to try sending "Terry A****k" again. Nope, had to be asterixed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Timbo , It's quite possible that he was a Centre Forward, who had been drafted into defence to cover a major gap there, and get a game in the first team. If you go down that route we will soon be talking about Ron Ashman

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    Pa Snipps

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • Best answer I can think of Brew is before the"at". But names change over the years!

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Terry "The Count" A****k & Gary Doherty?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

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