Friday, September 28, 2012
Chris Hughton is confident Norwich City have enough firepower to cope with striker Harry Kane’s short-term injury absence.
Hughton expects the on-loan Tottenham youngster to miss at least the next month of the season after suffering a suspected broken right foot in the club’s midweek Capital One Cup win over Doncaster. The Norwich chief adopted a cautious tone yesterday pending Kane’s visit to a specialist, but Hughton is adamant the teenager will return to play his part in Norwich’s Premier League campaign.
“We’re probably talking a month plus, rather than short of that, but it would be unfair to speculate until we are certain,” said Hughton. “Then the decision we make will be what is best for all three parties – more so Tottenham – because he is their player, but also the lad himself. If it is a period of time then there is a possibility he may do his fitness work at Spurs, but if he did go for a period then we would certainly want him back in and around the squad and the players again.
“It’s difficult because he is a young lad who we have brought in on loan and it was done so innocuously; there was no contact with the keeper.
“He’ll be a big loss because he is a young player of fabulous potential that we brought in for a specific reason. I feel for him at the moment.
“There is always that real disappointment that comes with getting injured when you are so young and just trying to get up and going and settled in at a new club.”
Kane’s pending absence and James Vaughan’s season-long loan move to Huddersfield leaves Hughton with depleted striking stocks as City strive to improve their Premier League goals tally.
“You are always concerned when players pick up injuries because you want as many choices as possible,” he said. “You have to be able to adapt and we have to be able to cope, but it is a concern, particularly when it is a striker. We have options, whether it is to play two strikers or one up front and one off that player and I thought Wes (Hoolahan), for somebody that hadn’t been involved in the games, played very well at Newcastle and everybody is aware of what a good quality player he is.
“I don’t think there is any lack of confidence and I don’t even think frustration is the right word.
“The best strikers go through periods when they don’t score goals. Even players like Wayne Rooney.”
Hughton confirmed yesterday both midfielder Anthony Pilkington (back) and defender Sebastien Bassong (hamstring) have only an ‘outside chance’ to face Liverpool this weekend. The duo are expected to train today for the first time since the Newcastle defeat.
Simon Lappin (ankle) returned to training yesterday but will not be considered for the Reds’ Premier League visit and fellow Scottish defender Steven Whittaker (ankle) will make his long-awaited return to training next week.