Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington is an injury doubt for Premier League opener after Republic of Ireland withdrawal

Anthony Pilkington had to settle for a watching brief. Anthony Pilkington had to settle for a watching brief.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
11:51 AM

Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington is an injury doubt for the Premier League curtain-raiser against Everton on August 17 after officially being withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for next week’s friendly against Wales in Cardiff.

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City kick-off their season just three days after the midweek round of international friendlies and Pilkington was again absent for Tuesday’s latest friendly 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad at Carrow Road with a fresh knee injury picked up on the club’s USA tour. The midfielder scored in the opening match of that trip against the Mexicans Dorados de Sinaloa and also featured against San Jose Earthquakes, but has not been involved since the squad returned home.

“We’re just managing a slight problem with his knee at this moment in time,” said City boss Chris Hughton, speaking after City’s draw against the Champions League hopefuls. “He is another one who did the first part of pre-season and he did very well. Of course when it came round to these most recent period of games we have not been able to use him but we are hopeful that he is going to be training next week and to push on from there.”

Pilkington was also forced to pull out of Giovanni Trapattoni’s previous three Republic of Ireland squads for World Cup qualifiers and early summer friendlies in a bid to rest a knee problem which had limited his involvement for the Canaries towards the end of the last Premier League season. City defender Sebastien Bassong also faces a race against time to feature against the Toffees after undergoing knee surgery which has so far kept him out of Norwich’s entire pre-season build-up.

“He’s had a very minor operation in the summer, which has set back his pre-season,” said Hughton, when questioned at last week’s open training session. “Of course it’s always that race to try and get him fit for that first game of the season. What is more important is that he makes sure he does his rehab in the right way because it’s very much about the whole season and not just one or two games.”

John Ruddy was not involved against Sociedad to rest a back problem suffered earlier this week in training but Hughton expects the keeper to be in contention for Saturday’s pre-season finale against Panathinaikos.

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29 comments

  • Don't forget Sandy Kennon!!!

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    tom the taxi

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • Hodgson, in particular, won't be looking too closely in our direction. If anyone has "big club blinkers" it's him.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  • If I had to choose 3 doubts for kick-off they would definitely not be Ruddy, Bassong and O'Pilkington. Realistically, the Republic seems AP's best bet for international football to me.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  • Trouble is, TK & alan c, the more people realise just how good JR is, the higher the likelihood we`ll lose him to Chelski, or one of the other untouchable organisations out of reach of the "financial fair play" rules. At least if we hang on to him for this season, we could have a fully up-to-speed Rudd to replace him? Only one letter difference, so `Y` not? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • B*ggar this - I am going to pull out of this debate before I get withdrawal syptoms !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • Steely, yes he remembers a young shilts,but says Keelan wasn't far behind( I think woods was our best ever,and a world class save against Luton was probably the best I have ever seen albeit on DVD )... I seem to remember a posting on here before concerning Yasmin ? Or was it another Yasmin. :) Love ruddy, but hart for me will be a legend for England... Ps I never was a gunny enthusiast...good but no woody... Greeno in my opinion was better,but again woods was our best ever..

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    alan clark

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • Alan - ask your grandad if he ever saw Shilts play when he was 17 years old. He was so good that Leicester realised they could let Banks leave. At the time Banks was recognised as one of the best in the World with Lev Yashin and the Uruguayan goalie. Hart is alright ,nothing special. We haven't had a top notch goalie in England since the mid 80's when Clemence and Shilton started to pass their best. I remember Cloughie saying that 'Shilton has shot it' on TV in the early 90's.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • That's one way, Swiss but you're probably too old to be of interest to the colleagues who indulge.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • Brewer I rarely take issue with your phraseology but... "pleasured the Pope"??? Please.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  • How did I forget Sandy Kennon, ttt?? He was between Nethercott & Keelan, wasn`t he? Steely, I remember Cloughie commenting on Poland`s goalie, Tomaszewski (ish!), describing him as a "clown". `Ski was then instrumental in Poland knocking England out of the European Championships (I think) in the `70s. Anybody remember Peter Vasper @ Norwich?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 9, 2013

  • Very good point about Ruddy`s distribution, TK - it`s outstanding. The other strength JR has developed over the last 2 seasons is an aura of calm authority or `gravitas`. That`s what has really changed about him since he was signed by Lambo. Hart is very close but I think Ruddy edges it, just. He also goes down for it a lot more readily now. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • Coitus interruptus as practiced by those nice men in Corleone, Sicily. I suffered from it myself in my younger days.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  • No way TK! Hart is the best goalie for his age even my grandad has ever seen! ......Better than banks,for me much better than shirts,and if you watched that match Spurs v Man c a couple of years ago,well WOW ( think it was first match of the 09 season). Ruddy got picked when there there is loads of potentials... Holt only had his first season at top,if he had continued that form,like Ruddy, he would've been given a chance NO DOUBT...probably as a sub,to hold the ball if we were holding on to a win .. It's not about where but how good,and if SNODDY was English he would be pushing any of our midfielders except Rooney who in my opinion is worth as much or even more than bale.... But watch harts match in full this season mate,by time he is 30 he will be a legend

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    alan clark

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • aye tis a shame that so many perceive nothing beyond the M25 , or cannot bear to leave the sanctuary of a motorway by more than ten minutes of travel time.Still it leaves us our tranquillity and the enjoyment of our football team .

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  • Twas always so. Never noticed the verbal battles N v S? No mention of the other points of the compass. To be born'n'bred in the major conurbations, bestowes a superior 'rite of passage'(?) They innately perceive themselves 'above' countryfolk, Note the frequent swagger, and raised voices? Once acquired, that mindset persists & endures in its many forms. So?

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    Dissaster

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  • Whoa!!! Steady. Are you seriously advocating someone from a provincial club playing for England? History has taught us the A47 & A11 corridors, are rarely illuminated by the headlights of the incumbent English manager. It does happen, of course, similar to albinoism in nature. Don't hold yer breath fella!

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    Dissaster

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  • Well bugg*r me!

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  • AC, There is little doubt that Woy and the England selectors tend to pick players from the top 4 clubs in preference to others. Wellbeck is a prime example, I have never been impressed by his performances or his goal scoring and yet he features regularly in the England squad. I think he only score a couple of goals for his club last season and certainly was not impressive against us either. Holt, the season before last was the second highest goal scorer in England and could have done a job for us in the Euro's but was overlooked partly because of who he played for. Lambert was one of the best goal scoring Englishman last year but again Wellbeck got into the squad. Yes Ruddy got selected but for me was far better that Hart over the 12 months before his injury, but still Hart holds the number one shirt. Just watch his distribution of the ball, so often it goes into touch. Ruddy on the other hand is so good at this, it is almost like having an extra passing midfielder.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • I must admit that I was a defensive coach in my day, rather than an out and out goalkeeping coach, however, for me right now young Rudd lacks in some areas and I hope that improves during his time away. Four aspects you always look for in a good keeper are naturally shot stopping but also dealing with crosses, talking (instructing) to your defenders and distribution once you have the ball. Declan scores well on the first aspect but needs to improve the other three to make it to the top. He is still young so these may well come with age and then we really will have another top class keeper.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • I know you guys are totally correct in what you say and in any case we are seen as almost a seperate country (East Anglia that is) but one day Woy may run out of players to choose from so there is always hope. However, as long as Pilks does not play for Ireland there is the bonus of him being slightly fitter for us.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  • It`s probably down to nostalgia, but it`s Keelan for me, then Nethercott, Woods, Green, (Ruddy tbd), Marshall and the one that got away, Joe Lewis. Ruddy not yet fully included - he`s only a new boy! Rated Gunn just OK+. I suppose poor old Theoklitos will never be forgotten. I bet he`s trying to forget his tryst with Gunn at whichever golf course\restaurant that deal from Hell was brokered! Must`ve been done after the port and\or brandy course.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • Very good point JDDons, very good.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  • I wonder if Pilks actually wants to play for Ireland or would rather wait to see if his country of birth wants him. I think he could do a job for England given the shortage of right wingers right now, or is it just me!

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  • It was pre-meditated, el dingo! It`s the Irish\catholic\withdrawal thing. If Pilks wants to be Irish, he has to BE Irish!! ;-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  • Having watched Hart last season, he was conceeding too many sloppy goals for me. Yes a couple of seasons back he was in brillant form but not last season. How many did we put past him for example. I think prior to his injury, Ruddy was controlling his defense better as well as distributing the ball with far more accuracy. I am not saying Hart will not return to his previous form but part of the reason why Man City failed to retain the title was down to his drop in form. However, as a NCFC supporter I am more interested in our players and I stick by my statement that Ruddy right now is the better keeper and I certainly would not swap them.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • All this V.D about east anglia not on the map or international radar! .....Ahem ruddy was picked in squad for a major tourn even before he was tried out in a friendly! And then was picked for Italy match,with Hodgy stating that has moved him up,with that performance and now we have three excellent keepers vying for the no 1.....When EADIE was at his height,and just after a superb display on sky,against that very small club in Suffolk,Hodds said he will be looked at in the summer( I think it was a tour of Australia,Asia etc) but picked up a serious injury that eventually would end his career after several comebacks...going further back to my youth,woods Watson,were picked before chase cashed in...and like EADIE,another superb winger,Barham,was on the verge,again thwarted by leg injury,that again ultimately forced him out( what is it with our physios? ) If good enough they will get picked :)

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    alan clark

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • Looks to me like the physio'smedics got this wrong. rest over the summer, bit of pre-season and a couple of tame friendlies that he couldn't come through. Time to get out the knife and have him fit for Xmas before we get an injury to snodsredsbens.

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    JDDons

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  • Pilkington`s timely withdrawals will have pleasured the Pope. His time will come.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

  • I will go with Ken Nethercott as well. He enhanced his reputation in a small article in the Canary in the mid 90's when he said that he hated modern football and wanted no part of it. He preferred to spend his Sat. afternoons browsing second hand record shops.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

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