Norwich City boss Chris Hughton happy with striker options despite Harry Kane’s injury

Spurs loanee Harry Kane is helped onto a stretcher with an injury which could keep him sidelined for up to eight weeks. Spurs loanee Harry Kane is helped onto a stretcher with an injury which could keep him sidelined for up to eight weeks.

Friday, September 28, 2012
10:29 AM

Chris Hughton is confident Norwich City have enough firepower to cope with striker Harry Kane’s short-term injury absence.

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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.

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9 comments

  • There is no sense to it Norfolk'n'good, the man is an idiot.

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    waclor

    Sunday, September 30, 2012

  • And to add to it, whinging or not..our most in form striker pre-season was loaned out for the entire season without a call-back clause. Utter madness. If you can see any sense in that, I'd like to hear about it.

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • Totally agree Canarygirl, it's depressing reading the comments on these boards and certain other ones week in week out. People seem to think we have bundles of money available to throw at the issue, quite frankly we haven't. I wonder how many of these posters call canary call, moaning about everything under the sun!

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    NorthCity

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • There has been so much whinging about Hughton not buying a striker during the transfer window; has it not occured to everybody that splashing out loads of cash on a so-called recognised striker doesn't guarantee goals!!!!! We have good quality strikers in the squad who, at the moment, are struggling to score. I rest my case. otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Well said Algarve Canary although North City and Canary Girl make good points. I remember money being spent on Darren Beckford and Mike Sheron which certainly did not result in a goal glut. It is a risk but why spend scarce funds on a fourth goalkeeper and all those midfield players when it was obvious the strikeforce was limited and had been during the last months of last season. We are behind the team but wish the squad was more balanced between attack and defence.

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    waclor

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • We may have good strikers for the Championship.....certainly not the Premiership. Our sole quality striker, Grant Holt has been sussed by opposing defences, and is woefully out of form. Jackson is willing but doesnt have the predatory instinct, and Morrison, is just not good enough. So we are forced to rely on attacking midfielders, like Snodgrass. Why CH ignored this glaring deficiency at the start of the season, God and he only know. Every bookie has us down as relegation certainties....and like it or not....the bookies arent usually THAT short of the mark!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Will three defeats in the next three games be enough to get Hughton the sack?

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    Relegation Fodder

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • I wish I shared CH's confidence on the potency of the strikeforce he has available. How many goals have GH CM SJ and SM scored in 2012 between them? As an outside suggestion, if City find themselves 2 goals down with twenty minutes to play, how about Russell Martin as an impact player? He is good in the air and knows where the goal is.

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    waclor

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • I wish I had CH's confidence on the strike force available. As an impact move should City be a goal down with ten minutes to go, how about Russell Martin up front. Good in the air and he knows where the goal is, it would be interesting.

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    waclor

    Friday, September 28, 2012

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