, EDP Sports Writer
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton delivered a mixed injury bulletin on Thursday afternoon as the Canaries look to bounce back from their Capital One Cup heartache against Wigan in the Premier League this weekend.
Alext Tettey (thigh) and Wes Hoolahan (groin) are back in contention after missing the 4-1 midweek defeat to Aston Villa. Defender Steven Whittaker (hip) will be assessed further on Friday, but the Scottish international has yet to train this week. Ryan Bennett (knee) and Andrew Surman (knee) are targeting potential comebacks for the pre-Christmas trip to West Brom and young Tottenham loan striker Harry Kane trained with the club today for the first time since breaking his foot earlier in the season.
“It was his first day back,” said Hughton, speaking at Colney. “He has completed about five days training in total, four of them with Tottenham. He is at the stage now where he has to keep developing his fitness. We have to determine over this next week or so when he is available for games. I think he has done a lot of good rehab.
“It’s good news for us. I feel for the lad because he came here with a real spring in his step. The good thing is he is young and the type of injury he had, he will make a full recovery from. Possibly for Christmas but it is too soon to assess yet. He needs a week’s training.”
Hughton revealed midfielder Surman would have been involved against Villa on Tuesday but for a niggling knee injury which has kept him out of action in recent weeks.
“It is not a big problem but he has a small issue with his knee which has dragged on a little bit longer than we thought,” he said. “At this moment he certainly won’t be available for this weekend. We are hoping he will be for West Brom. He is close. Unfortunately for Andrew, who has been very good since I came here, it is one taking a while longer than we thought. If Andrew had been fit he would have either been involved or playing (against Villa).”
Hughton is confident of the right response to City’s quarter-final exit against the Latics at Carrow Road this weekend.
“It wasn’t difficult to pick them up because we are on a good run at the minute,” he said. “We had managed to get ourselves into the quarter-finals of the cup competition and were probably just beaten on the day by a more clinical side. Certainly at 1-1, right up until the second goal, it was a close encounter but the chances were there for both teams. I think we have done well. I can’t fault the endeavours of the lads but it wasn’t to be. We have to get back to basics and continue the league form.”