, EDP Sports Writer
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Chris Hughton revealed on Thursday afternoon centre-back Michael Turner is ‘touch and go’ to be fit for the weekend’s Premier League trip to Everton.
Turner has yet to train this week after damaging his shoulder in the 1-0 home league win over Manchester United, but Hughton is hopeful the defender will line up alongside Sebastien Bassong at Goodison Park. John Ruddy has also been nursing a knee problem although Hughton is optimistic the keeper will be available to face his former club.
“At this moment, he is fine,” said the City boss, speaking at Colney. “It was that collision at the end of the (United) game and it was literally the last ten seconds. It wasn’t so much the collision with Paul Scholes, but more how he went down. It was a little bit sore the following day and always there is a little bit of concern, but we had it checked out and he has come through that. He is looking to train tomorrow (Friday) and we will make a decision on it for the weekend but we are delighted with the progress he has made. He has just done some individual training with Dave (Watson) as opposed to training within the group but the good news he is fine.
“Michael took a knock in the same game so he will be touch and go but we are hopeful he will be okay. It is shoulder injury from a challenge and he is another one who hasn’t trained since the United game, but Russell Martin trained today, which is good, he had two days training so he is pushing on.”
Hughton sanctioned a temporary Championship loan switch for Simon Lappin to Cardiff on Wednesday, but there will be no-one else leaving the club ahead the emergency loan deadline at 5pm today.
“No, I can tell you categorically now there will be no-one else. If you look at the squad we are well covered in all the positions,” he said. “With all of the players we have let go they are big decisions - do we keep him to be part of the squad to cover ourselves or not, but the further it moves along with someone like Simon, he hasn’t played since the first Capital One Cup tie, so he is getting further along from playing games. It is an opportunity for him to play matches for a period of time.”
Hughton is well aware Everton at Goodison Park this weekend will present a major test of his side’s recent unbeaten credentials.
“It is always very difficult at Goodison because they are a side who can generate a great feeling at home. It is a wonderful stadium to play in,” he said. “They have started the season very well. Apart from the fact they look like winning football matches they are playing a style of football with some influential players. They are a real, good, all round team.
“We just have to try and attain the standards we have managed in the recent games. We are also buoyed by the fact we have had other good spells during the season so we know we are capable of that. We are a team that has to play at that level to get results. We have certainly been more solid and we have had some big games to do that in.”