Neil Adams delivers a mixed injury bulletin on his Norwich City squad

Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty sat out Norwich City's 1-1 friendly draw against SC Bastia. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty sat out Norwich City's 1-1 friendly draw against SC Bastia. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, July 26, 2014
12:00 PM

Jonny Howson’s knee injury will be fully assessed when the Canaries return to England later on Saturday afternoon after he was forced off in the first half of Friday night’s 1-1 friendly draw against SC Bastia in Sallanches.

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The influential midfielder was the stand-out performer for the Canaries in the first part of last season’s Premier League campaign prior to suffering a festive back problem and Neil Adams admits he does not want to be without him for any length of time.

“He kicked through the player as he was about to play a pass and caught the lad. He has just tweaked his knee at the minute,” said Adams. “He was in the changing room with an ice pack on his knee. I asked him, ‘How is it?’ and he felt it wasn’t too bad but those are the ones where the first 24 hours are key. I mean Jonny Howson is a key player for us so fingers crossed he is okay.”

Adams’ delivered a positive injury bulletin on Northern Irish international Kyle Lafferty after scans on a shin injury confirmed no major muscle damage. Lafferty missed both games of City’s two-date Italian training trip after originally picking up the problem at Colney last week.

“Kyle had his scan and it really is bad luck that the injury he picked up last week is on the same leg, just slightly higher. It is a million to one chance,” said Adams. “He had a bang on his shin just before he came out at Colney and of course he gets a smack on the same area or just above it.

“Thankfully the scan has shown no tear in the muscle. There is a lot of bleeding, which is the best case scenario, and he is in a protective boot as a precaution. The best case scenario in terms of recovery is three to four days so he is probably unlikely to feature against Nice.”

Lewis Grabban was sat next to Lafferty watching the action against Bastia but did a fitness work-out prior to the match and could be in line for his Carrow Road debut at home to Nice on Monday after suffering soreness in his Achilles. Alex Tettey (groin) was another absentee but Adams confirmed experienced trio John Ruddy, Russell Martin and Martin Olsson were simply rested for the battles ahead.

“Lewis was working before the game and he looked very strong so if he has no reaction in the morning then there is no reason he can not be back with us for Sunday’s training session,” said the City chief. “Alex has a slight groin strain so we are monitoring that.”

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  • One way or another this pre-season has given more entertainment than most of the whole of last seasons' football since the 6-3 defeat of Bury.Let's hope the entertainment continues on the pitch,starting against Nice.I intend to take an early look at how things are shaping up,including any signs of pasta belly.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Mr. Brewer, I too can see a stellar future for SLOBS and since I regret to say, I had never heard of Slough Bottom before your post, I feel obliged to offer you a piece of the action. You must however, be made aware that the SLOBS hidden agenda is the ultimate take over of NCFC. This is to be undertaken after the purchase of Portman Road which will then be turned into a park and ride tractor park and residential home for terminally bewildered retired chefs. If this plan meets with your approval, we can discuss shareholdings at a later date.

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    Igno Rance

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • OMG, the `duplicate` post has just appeared, hours after it was sent. Did the YTS lad i\c the Censorship Watchtower have to summon a higher authority to adjudicate? The nearest thing to a `rude word` I can see is `Wii`. Then, if "fiesty" is a word, perhaps "Wii" could be mesentirprited. Someone`s taking the p!*$, I hope. Better than numbskullery.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Aaah, Igno, the penny just dropped! A Midsummer Night`s Dream. I liked the bit wherein Puck turned Bottom into a Donkey.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Btw; I`m not handing anyone a shandy at half time - or any other time. Even a lowly water-boy has some self respect. I`m going to call my bucket `Hyacinth`, to please el dingo. My sponge `Chrissy`, in honour of our previous manager`s bra!n. I also have the obligatory aerosol can. Trouble is, it`s one of those disappearing free-kick line jobbies. Still, it comes out cold and will be evocative of Divot judging the Squirty Cream Contest at Woodbastwick Scone Festival yesterday. Reminds me of the "Swedish Chemist`s Joke". Customer - "I want to buy a deodorant" .... "Ball or Aerosol?"..... "No, for my armpits". Ta-da.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Igno - Dream Story?? I`ve forgotten that one! Pray, remind me. Had a discussion document on SLOBS rejected by Archie. `Duplicate` - but its doppelgaenger has disappeared too. I think "other" would be less dishonest. What is their problem? How could you forget that YOU invented SLOBS?? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • I laike your thinking Mr. Brewer. Mea Culpa on the SLOBS business.As you will have read, i've made a rod for my own back with the shirt numbers. PS I love the "Dream" story.

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    Igno Rance

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Looks like archie has closed this board. I, laike, took your `single handed lay` as a take on, laike, contemporary (mis)pronunciation, Igno.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Btw; last night yet another showing of the `Father Ted` episode in which Craggy Island takes on Rugged Island in The All-Priests` Over-75 Five-a-Side football tournament. cutty or bluelight should be the one on radio control from the touchline. Steely Dan can be Der Gross Kontroller. I can forsee SLOBS becoming the Harlem Globetrotters of the geriatric football scene. Franchises worldwide. Special rates for lunchtime specials everywhere. Free Wii vouchers. Olympic status. An entrepreneur the likes of Igno will make a killing. What a way to top up your Pensions, chaps.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • No, SLOBS was your invention Igno. Certainly not mine. I don`t do inventive, It all started with Sloughs of despond and Betjeman. Betjemoney on it. Saw Divot today at the Woodbastwick Scone Festival. He was judging the Squirty Cream contest.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Sorry, that should have read "for which to answer, as for the single handed lay, well I'll leave that to you to misinturpret.

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    Igno Rance

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • And you, Swiss, are not necessarily wrong. ..

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    el dingo

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Was it not Mr. Brewer who first mentioned SLOBS? He then declined the captaincy and left me to recruit a squad single handed lay! Does he normally have this much to answer for!

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    Igno Rance

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • I thought a festive back problem was a form of drinking injury.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Well Cutty, if you're no happy with tea and oranges..........perhaps the Mad Brewer can arrange a half time shandy for you. Failing that it's a cold shower dear boy.

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    Igno Rance

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • He's not doing that to me cutty:)

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    el dingo

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • That's ok Igno as long as you pull some of us off at half time.

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • There's always one El Dingo, you get 83 , since it'll be in Braille no one will be any the wiser.

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    Igno Rance

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Your probably right Zebbee. However, as a true sportsman you must know the rules! NO SQUAD MEMBER is to have one of those the night before a match! (Possible exception the water-boy).

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    Igno Rance

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • I want 3 for my SLOB shirt. Only'cos I still have one in orange, one in 70s Forest red (Admiral) and a Real Mallorca one with 23 as a fanboy job where refs may not notice the 2.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Thanks Divot for the "festive back problem" bit. What arrant nonsense. I hope Jonny is ok. What is effing FESTIVE about an injured back at Xmas or any time. T $$ t.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Good idea Igno. But, couldnt you start the shirt numering a little bit lower. Then I could have my age on my back for the first time since I played for Heather Avenue Junior School all them years ago!!! But then I suppose the fights would no doubt start for the number 69 shirt. I'm sure many of us havent had one of them for many a long year!

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    zebbee

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Btw Cutty, in order to avoid any squad disharmony, SLOBS shirt numbers will start at 75 and will be in Braille to confuse referees.

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    Igno Rance

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Cutty 25+45 signed for SLOBS.

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Jamie Cureton, 38 (+\- 3yrs), has signed for Dagenham & Redbridge. Still League football.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Précis + Crab Fragmentation Technique.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Wes, like Jamie Cureton, could carry on to a ripe old age. Paddy will happily knock a few years off his age - he did it for Whittaker.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Perhaps they are, belatedly, ashamed of the way they exploited the Wes `non-celebration` at Villa Park?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Perfectly polite attempt to discuss topic with Trevor Keith repeatedly blocked. Shameful shower, Archie.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • I don`t know, TrevorKeith. Howson is one who perhaps hasn`t quite `done it`, whether that be through injury or the inept régime of Hughton, or both. I`m sure, with proper team-building and coaching, that we have a decent Championship squad. But to assume we`re nailed-on for automatic promotion, or even the play-offs, is a tad optimistic. Then, nobody expected the Lambert Revolution. Or the Spanish Inquisition. I`m glad that Wesley seems to be firmly on board. He`s a good chap. Rumours of his `disloyalty` were crassly exploited by our shameful\shameless local "Press". Wes and Hooper, fleetingly, looked a good combination vs AV last season, until Chrissy`s negativity paralysed the team. Wes is approaching the twilight of his career - but I bet he still has a bit to offer. I see the 38 year old Jamie Cureton has signed for Dagenham & Redbridge. (In Divotland, he`s just a tad over 34: - 10% off, see Whittaker). I reckon Wes could still be playing at Jamie`s (real) age. Wes never relied on pace or physicality - just skill and a `football brain`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Nothing imminent regarding incoming transfers says Adams. That gives the impression that we have finished our buying in this window, or else we are not looking very hard for additions to the squad. That's a bit miserable isn't it.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • I worry that NA seems to see Howson as a Key play player, does that mean our better class midfielders, Fer & Tettey are seen as surplus to requirements. For me, Howson cannot tackle and only comes alive if he is played as an attacking midfielder. However, on his day Hoolahan is better used in that position.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Btw; I wish Mattias was allowed to contribute at weekends. It`s not the same, somehow. Opinionated, but unerringly good-natured. `In the know`. Great Osso Buco chef. The Veal Deal. (For when you get back to work on Monday, Matt) ;-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • It`d have to be covered somehow, tonyb. Presumably Bassong is still contracted to play for us? Push comes to shove, there`s Becchio - as somebody else has semi-seriously suggested (possibly Uncle Stew?). Olsson or Johnson, even. Where is Olsson? I bet Grant Holt would`ve done a decent turn as a CB! IFLGH.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • suppose Adams will never have a full squad to choose from!just hope two of our centre backs are not injured at the same time!

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    tonyb

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

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