December 12 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Chris Hughton will take no chances with the fitness of Norwich City’s England international keeper John Ruddy.
The City number one misses out on a reunion against his former club Everton today in the Premier League after undergoing thigh surgery before Christmas on an injury suffered in the corresponding fixture on Merseyside.
Ruddy has yet to resume full training on the Colney pitches, but Hughton is cautiously optimistic the 26-year-old can play a part during the run-in.
“He is very much on schedule and doing well at the moment,” said the Norwich boss. “He has had no setbacks on the work he has been doing, but the tail end of his rehab work will be the kicking and he is not really at that stage.
“We are pleased with everything he has done. I hope we will see him again this season but I also hope the form of Mark Bunn and Campy (Lee Camp) means we certainly don’t have to rush him back.
“When you have had an injury that involved surgery we have to make sure we do everything right. He will only be back when he is right medically. He has been very good in all the work he has done and he is looking very good shape.
“It will be frustrating for him at the moment but he is in around the group before every game. What he is not able to do is be out on the training pitch with the other goalkeepers because most of the work he has done is with the physios.”
Ruddy did join the rest of Hughton’s squad on a four-day warm weather training camp in Abu Dhabi and the City chief says the build-up for the Toffees visit this afternoon could not have gone much better.
“I know the commitment levels will be very good because we were able to take the players away for some really good training,” he said.
“That was the main objective and it also gave the three lads who had come in during the window a chance to bond with the group. They are a squad that get on very well together. The new players have been welcomed into the group and the training has been very good the last week. We have had some difficulties here with the snow over the last month but training this week has been very, very good.
“You just hope with the spirit we have and the work ethic that you can take that into the periods that matter between now and the end of the season.”