Joseph Yobo and Michael Turner both fit for Norwich City’s clash with West Brom

Emmanuel Adebayor of Spurs and Joseph Yobo of Norwich in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Emmanuel Adebayor of Spurs and Joseph Yobo of Norwich in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, April 3, 2014
2:06 PM

Senior central defenders Joseph Yobo and Michael Turner should both be available for Norwich City’s crunch clash with West Bromwich Albion, manager Chris Hughton has revealed.

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Yobo missed the 3-0 defeat at Swansea City last weekend after picking up a calf injury in training the day before the game, with Ryan Bennett brought in alongside skipper Sebastien Bassong in the Nigeria captain’s absence.

The on-loan defender should be fine for the visit of the Baggies to Carrow Road though, as should fellow centre-back Turner, who has been back in full training in recent weeks following a hamstring injury which has seen him out of action since the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day.

“He’s going to be out on the training pitch on Thursday,” Hughton said of Yobo, speaking to Norwich City TV. “He’s been okay this week, so we’re quite confident that he’ll come through that and on Friday.

“Michael Turner’s in the squad. The decision last week was that Ryan Bennett was perhaps a bit more up to speed than where Michael was, but he’s been training well for the last few weeks and he also comes into contention.”

West Brom arrive in Norfolk just three points and two places adrift of the Canaries in the Premier League table, as both team strive to pull away from the relegation zone.

With City unbeaten in six league games at Carrow Road in 2014, having conceded just one goal, a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Stoke, Hughton is going into the game feeling confident.

“They’re a team that’s fighting with us to keep a good position in this league, and they’ve got some very good players so we can’t afford to underestimate them,” he said.

“We are at home, so whichever way that we do it it’s three points that we want and need. It’s at Carrow Road so we haven’t got to worry too much about the opposition.

“The club has done great in their preparations for these games, but of course the really important thing is that we as a team give the supporters enough for them to get behind us.”

Check back to this website later today for more from this afternoon’s pre-match press conference at Colney from Norwich City writers Paddy Pavitt and Michael Bailey.

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15 comments

  • MichiCan; Hughton must be in dread of using Becchio. What if he were to be brilliant, and scored a couple of goals? Egg on face, what? The yolk`s on Chrissy. Becchio for Player of the Season. No doubt.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Our highest league position in 20+ years?

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    Steady On

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Have to agree with Mattias Yobo is essential in my book and shame that Fern isnt quite ready he is such a strong player we must sign him.

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    johnty

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • As ever, much wisdom from TK and heartening, youthful ebullience from the usually laconic and taciturn Mattias. Please forgive the tautology. Whoever Hughton decides to send out, it`s his job to select them, motivate them, change tactics or make appropriate substitutions. How this man has got away with destroying the momentum this club had is baffling. Of course, it`s not all his fault. For others, like Glenn Roeder, Peter Grant, Bryan Gunn and Worthington it was all their fault. Odd. At least Nigel Worthington got us promoted. At least Peter Grant showed passion. At least Gunn bought Holt. At least Roeder saved us from relegation. What has Chrissy done to make himself proud? Debating point: I suggest "nothing".

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • …..SO Tea Lady....Just think of how much higher in the league we could have been with a better manager!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • nobody was quicker than me ;) but I hoped to be wrong. Sadly I was too ambitious with my final points tally as well at the start of the season. Fact remains we were truly horrific 2nd half of last season. People went on about a 10 game unbeaten run but it wasnt like we were winning all 10 of those games 3-0. Most were draws and lucky wins. Then the reality kicked in and we nose dived after xmas (when Bassong got injured). I always said though I wouldn't call for Hughtons head if he could keep us up and if he did i'd give him till xmas to see how he does after signing in the summer. Started positive with some great buys but sadly the football has got worse, the results have got worse an the thrashings and no shows have got worse. Sums it up really. All open to opinion but he should have gone after the Man City away game in my eyes. Think the fact their isnt an out of the ordinary candidate out there though that caused to board to sit on their hands for a short while then it was too late to chop him. Fingers crossed we survive somehow and then focus on rebuilding and achieving what we should have this season (mid table).

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Lets all be optimistic - We have never seen Yoba and Turner, so they could be the wall that stops any goals being scored against. Now we need a yet unseen attack that scores lots of goals - Becchio?

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • I suspect it will be a case of which one gets the nod as so far they have never played together and Saturday is not a match for experiments. Yobo has looked fairly solid most matches but I wonder if when the chips are down, loan players often tend to lose their drive. On that basis, I would go with Turnerbut who to partner him with really is the big question. Bassong seems to be giving off the wrong signals right now but is the only left footed centre back so it really is down to the manager to get whoever he selects Up for the Game, has he got that ability I wonder.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Brilliant Yobo, Bassong, turner and Bennett to start in a new 6 at the back formation. Infact we are going to play a new formation where no player actually enters the WBA half but we play RVW up top alone and then moan about his price tag, lack of goals, hair cut, girlfriend, boots and anything else the moaners on canary call can think of when he fails to score ignoring the blooming obvious while they are at it. Much easier to just say hes rubbish even when its not the reason. hey ho....

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • On an average day i'd 100% agree with that line up based on who is fit and not etc right except this saturday I fully suspect Captain own goal & Olsson to be centre backs for WBA. As we know they are giants. If it wasnt Hughton I still wouldnt be worried but with Hughtons usual tactics Playing without someone (elmander) big up top to battle those two I fear they will mop up Hooper or RVW all afternoon. Without Elmander it would mean us having to do something Id love but Hughton personally fears! Playing Wes behind the striker and allowing him to cause damage feeding the ball through for either RVW or Hooper (who ever plays), while also finding the wingers in Redmond and Snodgrass. Crazy idea isnt it.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Li.ncs love the stats, but its the way we play away that is a problem . We really seem beaten before the whistle goes, do we really expect to pick up an away point again this season.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Matt, not sure you have got the hang of these must win games but there again neither has the manager. More than once however, I have wondered if playing three centre backs plus wing backs might be the answer. Being brave here is my suggestion for Saturday in a 3,3,2,1,1 formation. Ruddy, Bassong, Yobo, Turner, Olsson, Martin, Snodgrass, Tettey, Howson, Hoolahan, Hooper. There to be shot down but at the end of the day it is all about being up for the game, a brave man would drop Howson from that set up, introduce Elmander and drop Wes back into the attacking midfield roll.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • As ever, much wisdom from TK and heartening, youthful ebullience from the usually laconic and taciturn Mattias. Please forgive the tautology. Whoever Hughton decides to send out, it`s his job to select them, motivate them, change tactics or make appropriate substitutions. How this man has got away with destroying the momentum this club had is baffling. Of course, it`s not all his fault. For others, like Roeder, Grant, Gunn and Worthington it was all their fault. Odd. At least Worthington got us promoted. At least Grant showed passion. At least Gunn bought Holt. At least Roeder saved us from relegation. What has Chrissy done to make himself proud? Debating point: I suggest "nothing".

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • " we haven't got to worry too much about the opposition" That's alright then.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Yobo and Turner returning is good because it delivers options, unfortunately not goal scoring ones. However, our current (6 match) form sees us in a healthy looking 12th place and averaging just over a goal a game - better than four of the teams below us in the form table. Our points per game average is currently 1.17 and if maintained would give us 39pts at end of season. Consider also that current form ppg for our main relegation rivals, Sunderland, Cardiff, Fulham, are 0.17, 0.67 and 0.67 respectively, then what are we worried about? (Apart from who we have to play).

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

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