Norwich City duo Sebastien Basssong and Anthony Pilkington in contention for Bury but Gary Hooper remains out

Seb Bassong played the full 90 minutes in Norwich City's development league defeat at Aston Villa on Monday night.  Photo: Bill Smith Seb Bassong played the full 90 minutes in Norwich City's development league defeat at Aston Villa on Monday night. Photo: Bill Smith

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
7:00 AM

Chris Hughton will test the depth of his new-look Norwich City squad against Bury tonight in the Capital One Cup second round at Carrow Road (7.45pm).

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The Canaries’ summer overhaul has provided Hughton with plenty of extra options that could see the competitive returns to action of both Sebastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington.

Hughton confirmed after the club’s weekend Premier League defeat at Hull the fit-again duo would come into his thoughts ahead of the home test against the League Two club. Bassong has played two development league games since knee surgery, but was omitted from yesterday’s 1-0 Colney defeat to Fulham’s Under-21s.

Pilkington travelled to Humberside but did not feature in Hughton’s match day squad against the Tigers as the City boss looks to ease the midfielder back into the fold after a knee problem restricted his pre-season involvement.

Celtic summer signing Gary Hooper will not be risked for the Shakers’ visit, but Hughton is optimistic the striker could finally return to training ahead of Southampton’s weekend Premier League visit.

“Yes, it’s a little too soon for Gary,” he said. “He has improved the last few days but whether he trains in the early part of the week I don’t know. We are more hopeful towards the latter part of the week that he can get involved in some training.

“There will be changes from Hull and I think it is fair to say that with the players we have brought in that has given us more options.

“The cups are certainly not our priority, because everyone knows how important the Premier League is, but it is still a good opportunity for us to use the squad and to get confidence from games because at this particular moment we have a draw and a defeat on our record and what we would like to do is go into the Southampton game with a win under our belts.”

Hughton knows City will need to up the ante in front of goal after a shut-out against the Tigers at the KC Stadium, despite the second-half introductions of creative trio Wes Hoolahan, Robert Snodgrass and recent signing Johan Elmander.

“You need players who can produce those moments of real quality and we genuinely felt before the game if we could put in a spirited enough performance with enough quality Hull was a place we could get something from,” he said.

“We didn’t allow ourselves to break through into the final third, particularly in that first half, because we lost possession too easily. They had a period when I thought they were better on the ball in midfield and then of course when they go down to 10-men it becomes a different type of game. We had plenty of possession and some of our play was quite good but we needed to get the goal and if that had come you feel possibly we can go on and win the game.”

• This evening’s Carrow Road tie will be played to a finish, with extra-time and penalties if necessary should the game still be level after 90 minutes. Tickets are on general sale, priced £10 for adults, over-65s and under-21s and £1 for under-17s.

• Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni expects Pilkington to be fit enough to finally link up with the Irish squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers after a series of previous injury withdrawals.

Pilkington and Hoolahan have been named in a provisional 29-man party for games against Sweden and Austria and the Italian would have no qualms pushing the uncapped midfielder into the firing line for a crucial World Cup double-header.

“He told me that he is hopeful that he will be ready,” said Trapattoni, after announcing his latest squad. “His doctor said he needs a week or two but that he might be ready. I am hopeful that he will come. It would have been better, of course, if he had come and spent some time with us for the friendlies so as to see the system and understand our movement. He could still play, maybe not start, as long as he comes for the week.”

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32 comments

  • Hooper doesn't need to be fit for Saturday because if RVW plays Hughton won't play him anyway.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Severe bruising on the shin can keep you out for a while even with no break, as I experienced when someone wrapped a hockey stick round my shin, yes I was playing hockey not football before someone asks

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • TK, I was trying to converse with you but the demented Dementer(s) has\have returned. There is a serious sociopath in play out there and it is not me. Good, this morning, to have a pleasant interchange with Canary on the moon and others, it has clearly unsettled the cyberstalker.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Try once more "Basssong".

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • `Ethered`, "Ethered", @Ethered@ `Ethered`, "Ethered", @Ethered@ `Ethered`, "Ethered", @Ethered@ `Ethered`, "Ethered", @Ethered@ I am the only on this ever happens to aren't I??

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    Bad Sewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Alternatively, maybe some people are `Ethered` because they are so full of themselves they journo's like to block a few and give others a chance to have an opinion. Iaren't I opinionated ??? ;-))

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    Bad Sewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Although I was at the game when Hooper got carried off, I was sitting the other side of the pitch so did not fully see the foul, however, as it took some time to treat him on the pitch and then the streatcher came out, I am not surprised that it meant he was out for weeks rather than days. However, if he makes the bench next Saturday, that still means he has only missed three matches, far better than first thought. If Pilks was deemed fit enough to travel last week, why the hell was he not at least on the bench when we decided to start with Howson as a winger?

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • LYB, I too find the whole Becchio thing baffling. 20 goals in his last 31 games for Leeds. "Only" Championship but...??

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Perhaps "PR00F READING" is deemed offensive?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • I think, once Hooper is fit, he and RVW may well form a partnership up front so the sooner he is match fit the better. We saw a brief glimps of this against the Greeks. Then Elmander and Becchio will be the boys bench warming, champing at the bit to get on.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • I'm not a habitual Hughton basher, but I do think he's treating Becchio rather badly. He's hardly had a chance to show whether he can do anything in the Premier League as of yet.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Poor old Howson.......Must be going nuts because this guy is a decent player when told to go forward.His problem is hoots who keeps him shackled like the remainder of the midfielder who seem to play an identical game!

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    dave123

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • My sentiments exactly Tunstead. The main source of my frustration having driven across the country on Saturday was to see us playing 4 central midfielders and not being set up as a balanced team. Yes there was poor passing, but the set up of the team is purely down to the manager. I cringe as well when I read comments like 'the cups are not our priority'. Well then, why should the fans bother to spend their cash and turn up? Oh, and Bad Sewer, grow up. That is not what these message boards are for.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Apologies that should have been `Ethered`. I omitted my customary quotation marks. Aren't I still clever though?

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    Bad Sewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • No problem- nothing serious were the scan results. I hope he never catches a cold - hell be out for months.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • I am a bit disappointed to see Johnson critised as he is what every team meeds in midfield, a ball winner. Yes the better and richer teams have such a player who can pass as well such as Roy Keane in the past. Our problem is that the manager seems to try to fit square pegs into round holes by then also playing Howson in a defensive roll. This then leads to the ball winner (Johnson) allowing his partner to cover an attacking player running through the middle. When that player cannot tackle, this then leads to a thrust on our goal. We saw this clearly against Villa at home last season, when Howson was within a couple of yards of their striker, (Abonglhor) failed to make a challenge and then watched him bear down on goal and score. Tettey is more of a puzzle as he can tackle plus he can attack but I suspect his instructions stop him playing at his best.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Well I should like to apologise for making so many replies to the same article. But of course I do not need to because some people write far more replies to every single article than I do!! One can hardly keerp u can one!! I would write more if I was not so oft `Ethered`. I am considering writing something about the article but why bother, its all the rage to write about other "tosh". I bet you all wish you were as clever as me and aren't I prolific???? ;-))

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    Bad Sewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Don't know how it can be offensive Brew, Archant don't know what proof reading is.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Ref. Hoops; perhaps there was serious deep bruising\fluid or something? Not a medical man so just pondering. With no fracture or `scan problem`, there must be a reason. At last it looks like Pilks might soon become a Pasta Paddy. BeebGossip has it that Norwich are about to sign Troisi of Atalanta on a year`s loan. Winger.;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Nope, Basssong thing rejected as "Duplicate" though it hasn`t arrived at all. Weird. tunsteadtiger, I agree - it`s almost as if Hoots is not fully confident in his defence. Also, class midfielders need to be a bit more versatile across defence and attack duties. Andrew Crofts was a good example of the genre, albeit at a lower level. Martin Peters was an example at, and of, the highest level! Fer should be up to it and, in his own way, Olsson too? Has Tettey faded a bit since his early promise? Johnno once admiringly referred to him as "The Duracell Bunny". Howson seems to have `muscled up` a bit, so can he step up to the plate? I really like Johnson`s team ethic, but thus far he hasn`t shown too much creativity - but he`s not alone in that. Perhaps Leroy will be the catalyst for a new blossoming of latent potential? Apology for metaphor medley! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Hooper's injury. . . . bones can be funny ol' things when exposed to trauma, indeed, even surgery. Being a vascular organ - having a blood supply of their own - they are not simple structures, they are more than a framework (skeleton) Bruising, an escape of blood into the soft tissues, can, like burns, have a range of severity. If Hooper has had extensive bleeding into the tissues of the lower leg, it has to be dispersed, absorbed - that can be mighty painful. Physios will use ultrasound, to break up the clot, and speed up the healing. Internal bleeding of this type, at its most severe, can be limb threatening - even life threatening.

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • I am not knocking Howson as such, just where he is instructed to play. I agree that he can be a very effective attacking midfielder in the right set up, that is where the manager comes into the equation. He in fact did have a couple of decent shots against Hull, unfortunately they were probably from too far out but at least he had a go. I will not critise any player for having a go that is for sure. OTBC

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Gary Hooper must have had one hell of a knock if he is still not training.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Singapore Canary was rueing his rusty proof reading skills on another board and, upon visiting this one, I realised that `Sebb` has acquired an extra `S`. Basssong. Good job it`s only the headline. Shame Garry Hoper isn`t fit.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Maybe I am `Ethered` so much because I am SO intelligent and the journo's feel threatened by me. Aren't I clever??

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    Bad Sewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • I hope nobody thinks I was underestimating Johnson. He was my Player of the Season last term. I think he is still capable of adding some subtlety to his impressive ball-winning ability and massive workrate. He`s only, what, 25? An excellent acquisition, no doubt.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • creative players why not start with them? Instead of Johnson, Tettey and an out of position Howson, too much of the same type of player.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • I`d like to see that pairing, TK. How much longer will Becchio be happy as a bench-warmer though? Looks like the new boy Elmander is already above him in the pecking order. Nothing yet about the James Troisi rumour. It was abstracted by the BBC from that most high quality journal, The Daily Mail. So it must be true?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Nothing wrong with hockey, canaryinslovenia. Dangerous though - specially vs womens` teams or mixed teams as was common in University circles. Dressing room was interesting too... Did you ever try lacrosse? That`s terrifying, again the ladies were the more deadly. Female of the species etc...? If this gets thro` unobstructed, I wonder why my original Basssong one was blocked. Twice.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Ethered again. I am SO special and a cut above everyone else on here. Why am I singled out for this treatment? It should not happen to someone of my intellect. Aren't I clever??

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    Bad Sewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • waclor, perhaps the Arch Ants find the very concept of accuracy repugnant? Unless it`s from the contributors, in which case it is ethered as "inaccurate", paradoxically. Or `duplicate`. Or `other`. I had one rejected as `other` for using a word you may be but not say. Changed it to "r^cist" and it got thro`. Was reacting to a SOrdid attempt to label a respected contributor with that slur.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • “The cups are certainly not our priority." says Hughton. Great, so are we in for another embarrassing year of cup defeats then? Swansea are in Europe and have loads of ambition. Will Hughton be playing for a 0-0 tonight or maybe even a 0-1. This concentrate on the league fallacy is ridiculous. When we got knocked out of cups recently it only seemed to negatively affect our league form. Is all we have to look forward to grinding out 0-0 all year? I think most fans are crying out for a cup run. It's pretty dull just to concentrate on surviving and very very unambitious! I'm going tonight and I really hope the lads put in a decent performance. Let's try and win a cup, with the right attitude it is possible. 1985 was a long time ago!

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    Barmy Boy

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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