Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington ruled out of Chelsea game with hip injury; Joseph Yobo still a doubt

Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington will not feature at Chelsea after suffering a hip injury. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington will not feature at Chelsea after suffering a hip injury. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

Friday, May 2, 2014
2:50 PM

Anthony Pilkington’s injury-hit season could be over with the Norwich City midfielder ruled out of contention for the Premier League trip to Chelsea after picking up a hip injury.

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Canaries’ chief Neil Adams confirmed on Friday afternoon Pilkington has been struggling with the problem for the past week, but it is too early to say if he could return for Arsenal’s final day visit a week on Sunday. The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international has made just 10 top flight starts this season after suffering hamstring and knee problems prior to his latest setback.

Adams revealed on-loan centre back Joseph Yobo remains an injury doubt for the trip to the Blues with the niggling calf problem that has kept him out for the past three games. Yobo will travel to Stamford Bridge but Adams is not prepared to take any chances with Norwich’s Premier League survival at stake ahead of the final two league fixtures.

“Mostly we have a fully-fit squad apart from just one or two,” he said. “Anthony Pilkington has not trained with us this week but he is not far away. He will not travel because he hasn’t put in any sessions at all. We don’t know if that is him for the season. He has been out with the physios and hasn’t joined in the sessions with the lads this week.

“In terms of the length of the injury we can’t say for the following weekend. He’s had it just over a week, getting on for two weeks now. He hurt a muscle in his hip flex area at the top of his leg when he was training and he said he just felt something so we sent him off for treatment and he’s back out there now with the physios.

“Joseph Yobo trained most of the week but not today. There are one or two concerns about his calf and I don’t feel he is a million miles away but we have to make sure we are right with him. We will have a look again on Saturday morning. It is a case of taking advice from the physios. He has had a few scans on his calf and some treatment and he was able to train earlier in the week.”

Adams is under no illusions Norwich must cause an upset against the title-challenging Blues to aid their own plight.

“We need to get points from our last two games,” he said. “We will find out the other results on Saturday but we’ll need to get something from our game to be in with a chance when going into the Arsenal one. The effort is there, the commitment is there, but it’s points we need. We’ve always known what we’re up against, but in terms of application it’s exactly what you need from a team in this situation. We just have to hope that translates into something at Stamford Bridge.”

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12 comments

  • O'h the cries off desperation i'am hearing from Carrot Rd. The reluctance to accpect your demise of not being a footballing club that you delued fans felt that you had. I checked out your club history site. And i didn't realise really how poor it is. Two milk cup wins Thats it. Last in 1985.In 110 yrs wow . Never mind you are soon to be relegated and that will keep you quiet for a few more years to come. OFF the ball city.

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    FINN.BLUE

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Understand Pilks slipped off his stool in Midletons!! Seriously though,played well against man.city then dropped next game.Not really seen since.Another player who's confidence was totally wiped out by the serial ineptitude of clueless and his cohorts!!!

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    Manning's bandy legs

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Yobo one of three loan players who haven't worked for us. Strange, I thought the club said they wouldn't go down the loan player route as that was our downfall before? None of them have been any good and surprising they've been injured considering they haven't been getting a game. Still 20-30k a week to call in sick and lie on the sofa. Team full of journeymen who'd struggle to get a game in a decent team. Even Ruddy hasn't been any good since being linked with a move to Chelsea. Mind you it's not like he's been given any competition for his place.

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    Oz Canary

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • I have no doubt the only people working flat out are the players agents looking for a new club next season. Sell Pilks or if he's got more than a year left on his contract loan him out. That way if he's any good we can get more money for him. He's just one of many over rated Championship players in our squad. I'd rather we give his spot to a hungry youth team player.

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    Oz Canary

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Chelsea 6 Norwich 1. Stormy... i Care

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    FINN.BLUE

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • stormy

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Who do you believe? Adams who says "there are one or two concerns about his calf" or Yobbo who says "I am super fit there is no cause for alarm"? One of them is not telling the truth. The bull shine is so deep none of them can open their mouths without gargling .

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • I think even sick note Anderton wasnt this injury prone. No matter, because Pilkington has contributed nothing to the cause this season, so won't be greatly missed. Like his famous namesake companys product, he very fragile. yet another wonderful stroke of genius to sign him,...not

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    oldtimer

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Cannot help but think the old system whereby players go appearance money was the way forward, AP has rarely been seen this season and when he has, the effort levels have been low. He only ever appears to want to turn it on against the so called top clubs. One who will be offloaded this summer I suspect.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Well, what a relief! The thought of having to rely on Pilkington to keep us from relegation is beyond belief. Grossly overated player who has contributed nothing at all this season. On his displays this season he would struggle to even get in a Championship side.

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    Timberman

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • how did sick note pilks get injured?Getting out of his range rover sport I bet.

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    tonyb

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • el dingo

    Friday, May 2, 2014

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