December 11 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, EDP Sports Writer
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Norwich City midfield duo Alex Tettey and Andrew Surman are fresh injury doubts for Everton’s Premier League weekend visit.
Chris Hughton delivered a mixed injury bulletin on Thursday afternoon at his Colney press call ahead of the Toffees’ visit.
“Apart from John Ruddy we don’t have too many injuries. We just have a couple we are assessing this week,” he said. “Tettey has not been able to train for the last couple of days. He took a little knock in training but it is not something we are concerned about. With Surman it is his knee and one of those ones he felt in training this week. He could have trained (on Thursday) because it had settled down. We have rested it and he might be fine to train on Friday.”
Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) and captain Grant Holt (back) have both been passed fit after missing City’s goalless draw against Fulham prior to their trip to Abu Dhabi. Holt was ruled out on the morning of the Cottagers’ game - which led one reporter today to question Hughton over a rumoured spat with his skipper.
“Absolutely not true and I am very, very surprised to hear that,” said the City boss. “He has been an integral part of what we have done - not only this season but over the last three seasons. He has got a great record. That is the reason why he is the club captain so any suggestions of that nature are way off the mark and I am not quite sure where they came from.
“He is available this weekend and it wasn’t going to be a long term injury. It was just a case of getting up that morning and feeling the back problem. It is something that happened so quickly. We tried to release it and perhaps if the game was the next day or two days time he would have been available for us.”
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s soft centre again contributed to their downfall as Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night at Anfield.