Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is running out of central midfield options

Fulham match-winner Scott Parker takes no prisoners with a crunching tackle on Norwich City's Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the Cottagers' 2-1 Premier League win. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Fulham match-winner Scott Parker takes no prisoners with a crunching tackle on Norwich City's Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the Cottagers' 2-1 Premier League win. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, December 27, 2013
6:30 AM

Chris Hughton confirmed after City’s late loss to the Cottagers that key midfielder Jonny Howson remains a major doubt for Manchester United’s weekend visit after missing his second game of the festive period with a back injury.

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Hughton will also be without the suspended Michael Turner against the champions after he picked up a fifth caution of the season in the second half at Carrow Road. Fulham match-winner Scott Parker dominated central midfield in tandem with Steve Sidwell and Hughton conceded he has little room for manoeuvre should Howson be unavailable along with longer term injury absentee Alex Tettey.

“We are still assessing Jonny and the back that he felt a few days ago. At this moment he is not right. Yes, you would have to say there is a chance he will miss Manchester United but we are assessing it each day,” said Hughton. “It will be a tough one for him to be ready. It is difficult in those midfield areas because we have four injured so we know that we are limited in what we might want to change but I still feel the squad is competitive.

“It is my job to make the right decisions going into Saturday.

“One thing about the injuries is they come back. Alex was a big blow for us but we’re expecting and hopeful he’ll be back come mid-January, which we hope will be the same for Anthony Pilkington. What I have been delighted with of late from losing Elliott Bennett at the start of the season, as well as Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass, is that we’ve managed to cope with it.

“Of course it is a blow to lose Michael for the weekend. That is normal if you are a player on four bookings and with a defensive player like Michael we knew there was a chance of that happening. These are the things can happen.”

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11 comments

  • CH is also running out of time and excuses. Over the years we have witnessed NFC teams by other managers go the same way. There is no visible spirit, the players cannot raise their game. Only 2 points out of the last 3 games. Need I say any more?

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    Kipper

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • No Michegan, I don't think you're the stupid one at all.

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    waclor

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • If the fans didn't desert the club during those interminable years of Championship mediocrity during much of the last twenty years, not to mention the descent into League One, then they're probably unlikely to desert during a Premiership relegation scrap. I wouldn't say we've never had it so good, but we have certainly had it a lot worse.

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    nachospestos

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • I thought Fer was central midfield? Move him across, bring Olsen up to left midfield and Garrido in at the back. What's the big issue? You have a squad, CH, use 'em like one....

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • I regret to say that the manager has run out of brain cells, and fortunately Trevor, history is renowned for repeating itself, though surely, we cannot afford another Worthington scenario, however Worthy his employment in the fair city of York may be. When do the January sales start exactly?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Bishops Mitre are you perhaps Bill Punton (in disguise) ?

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • I cannot understand why the club has allowed itself to get into this position, after all we are allowed a squad of 25 over 21 year old players. We however are happy to sit with just 22 players in our squad including 3 keepers. Two of our central midfielders are out injured and we are stuffed Norfolk Turkeys. Perhaps Nash can play in midfield, he cannot do much worse that the pair did yesterday. The only change I can see in the near future is fans deserting the club as they cannot take this dross any longer.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Freudian slip there, should have read 'unfortunately Trevor'

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • He's my uncle Steely

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Agree TK.Didnt he get rid of two midfielders a while back?Fer needs a rest but there is no one to take his place,i said on here a few weeks ago we were short of midfielders,how right i was!

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    tonyb

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • CH has been "delighted how we've coped with the loss of our midfielders" - how have we coped with it? Our mid-field was terrible Saturday and he responded by changing a striker for another striker with his first substitution. Am I stupid and missing something, or is he just stupid in his comments and tactics?

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, December 27, 2013

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