Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett sidelined until next year after knee surgery

Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett has been ruled out until the new year after undergoing knee ligament surgery on Wednesday night. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett has been ruled out until the new year after undergoing knee ligament surgery on Wednesday night. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, August 22, 2013
3:27 PM

Chris Hughton has ruled out Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett for a ‘number of months’ after undergoing knee ligament surgery on Wednesday night.

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The Canaries’ chief revealed Bennett had suffered an adverse reaction to featuring in the weekend’s Premier League opener against Everton and following scans was operated on last night. Gary Hooper will also miss this Saturday’s latest top flight game at Hull after taking no part in training this week following a shin injury suffered in the pre-season finale against Panathinaikos. Sebsatien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington have re-joined training this week ahead of the Tigers’ trip, whilst Robert Snodgrass also returned to training on Thursday. The Scot is now poised to replace Bennett in the starting line up at the KC Stadium if he suffers no adverse reaction over the coming days to his return to training following a groin injury.

“Losing Elliott is a big blow for us. It’s really bad news for the player first and foremost because I felt he did well against Everton,” said Hughton. “He played the game on Saturday but didn’t have a great reaction and we have since found that there was a knee problem that was operated on last night and will keep him out for a number of months. Robert trained for the first time today and along with Seb and Anthony will come into contention for the weekend. Gary still hasn’t trained yet. We felt progress might have been a little quicker than it has turned out.”

New Swedish striker signing Johan Elmander will be involved at Hull if the club obtain international clearance in time following his season-long loan move from Galatasaray. Elmander’s arrival has seen back-up forward Luciano Becchio widely touted with a Championship switch to Middlebrough, along with young centre-back Dani Ayala, but Hughton moved to downplay reports in the media suggesting both could be imminently bound for the north-east.

“When you are a club in the Premier League there is always going to be speculation. What we have managed to do very well is when we are bringing in players we do it at the right time and let people know at the right time. That is the same with letting players go,” he said. “We are making assessments of the squad. We have brought in eight players now but we have had more go the other way so we have to get the balances right. We have to feel everyone within the squad can give us that competition.

“Dani is someone who went out on loan last season but came back and I have to say looked very good in pre-season training. That is one we are assessing but it is important for him to get games at his age. He managed that last season, albeit probably didn’t get the number of games he wanted. If we feel after the window it is right for certain individuals to go out on loan then we have that opportunity.”

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36 comments

  • Really sad news - for Benno and for us! Don't agree about him being 4th or 5th choice - would always have been one of the top choices for me. Just hope he recovers well and properly.

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    Dobbino

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • Footballers don't exactly help matters with their stupid, OTT goal celebrations - the knee slide, then players jumping on top. Pretty dumb in my book!

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    Dissaster

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • What is with long term injuries after Everton games?

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    canary_canuck

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • And it was all going so well! Bad News, this puts added pressure onto to Pilks & Snodgrass to stay fit with Redmond as back up. Cud even see Hoolahan filling in out wide?

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    k9bye

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • I didn't spot any injury during the game so it must be an old injury flaring up. He was perhaps 4th or 5th choice anyway as Olsson can play wide left like Brewer said. Although we havent seen it much I am sure Pilkington can play on the right if needed as he is either footed.

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • Be interesting to see if CH decides to dips into the transfer market again for another winger to replace Bennett.

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    Dave.B

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • Footballers don't exactly help matters with their stupid, OTT goal celebrations - the knee slide, then players jumping on top. Pretty dumb in my book!

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    Dissaster

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • Bennett has suffered 'an adverse reaction? Do you mean he was injured, or, compounded an existing injury. 'Adverse reaction' is reserved to describing the human body's responce to a foreign substance. Simple language please, when you enter 'dialogue' with the media. Given the often fragile nature, stability, of the overworked knee joint, injury to which has blighted many a career, why do these overpaid clowns (they must be) make a point of running, crashing to their knees, skiding, when celebrating a goal? You don't find surgeons taking up karate!

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    Dissaster

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • Would like to see one of the twins promoted to the Senior squad as cover for Bennett. I'd have no issue bringing one on for 10 minutes against a tired full back, also good experince

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    Dave.B

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • …..The word “Injury” can cover a multitude of sins!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, August 23, 2013

  • 'Adverse reaction'? You mean he was injured - a foreign substance hasn't entered his body. Just watched the Swansea game, from the half empty Liberty Stadium (so what's the point of chasing European glory?) despite the much vaunted goal line technology, they award an obvious keeper o.g., to Wilfried Bony. Not a player with impressive workrate - to be honest, I thought him a lazy ***! Never running but for a few paces - unlike excellent Michu.

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    Dissaster

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • I love you Lobbo! Indeed, I love you all! And you, PC 49! All the best Elliott, get back soon.

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 23, 2013

  • Footballers don't exactly help matters with their stupid, OTT goal celebrations - the knee slide, then players jumping on top. Pretty dumb in my book!

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    Dissaster

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • Butterfield as backup RW in Cup games and emergencies?

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Friday, August 23, 2013

  • Pleased to say that 'trashbummer' has now been submitted to Urban Dictionary, and I'll let you know if I'm successful. In the mean time, let's hope we don't get any more trashbummers

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, August 23, 2013

  • This is much more of a blow than the offloading of Ayala. After a shaky start in the PL he had a really good game v Everton.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • sad news indeed. We need him as we will need to rotate our players. Chelsea and others can bring on two teams of international midfielders.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • Real shame about benno he'll come back stronger I'm sure! Shove the threats lobbo no-one is scared.

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    Steady On

    Friday, August 23, 2013

  • What`s one stage worse than BPbp`s "trashbummer"? (Good word). Shockertrashbummer? But if Elliott IS out all season, and `taking positives` from the situation, it may enhance the chances of a Murphy or two? Really bad news for EB. What with Hooper, Pilks, Snods & Bass, we`ve already had a difficult start with injuries. I hope Hoops is not too seriously hurt, alan clark. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 23, 2013

  • 'steady on' and all of the same ilk, note well, as reported by the BBC today,"Abuse of football players or supporters on social media is being targeted this season by police and prosecutors in England and Wales, fans are warned." Have a nice day!

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    Lobbo

    Friday, August 23, 2013

  • Dave B. It's unwelcome news about young Elliott. Hope his recovery is quick and complete. Mr Hughton could always give that role to Snodgrass when he is fit enough!

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • What an absolute p1sser!! A highly regarded player and a particular favourite of mine due to his enthusiasm and hard work. Lets just hope he's back for the New Year.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • Try NewsNow - Norwich City.

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 23, 2013

  • This is most unfortunate and very bad timing too. We seem to be starting the season with about 4-5 players who are currently not fit as it is. Now we have young Benno on the long term sick list.

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • What a complete trashbummer. As yet this word does not technically exist, though I'm working on submitting a definition to Urban Dictionary, something along the lines of ' a well respected Norwich City player has a decent game at the weekend, when suddenly and out of nowhere, he ends up having knee ligament surgery. How the hell did that happen? As I said, a complete trashbummer. All the best Benno, get well soon. Unbelieveable

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • Sad news for the player , works hard and good team player as we've all said . The other negative is his tweets will get even duller now , like 'sat on the sofa eating spag bog and resting the knee #spagbog #kneehurts ' or something thrilling like 'going to have a bath in a minute #bathtime '.......anyway hope he gets well soon.

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    bonesy

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • Sorry typo, meant "Luciano Héctor Becchio"

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    Lobbo

    Friday, August 23, 2013

  • Luchiano Becchio to Boro for 1.5m. Any one else seen or heard this?

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    Lobbo

    Friday, August 23, 2013

  • Agree bill punter, it's a Tshbum alright! ( shortened it to make it more Eco friendly) ....you can still have the intellectual rights though :). ....Had a feeling hooper wasn't as fitokay, as hoots made out,therer was something in his voice,and eye move ent when he stated hooper injury was only a knock and hopefully will be back in contention soon...I felt that was more for the oppo,to keep them guessing,while he got this elmander deal was put through? Maybe wrong,hope I'm wrong as want to see hooper back in the starting eleven...

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    alan clark

    Friday, August 23, 2013

  • Nothing on Becchio, but Express, Star & Mail say Benno's out ALL SEASON. And that's a blow.

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 23, 2013

  • Dave B. It's unwelcome news about young Elliott. Hope his recovery is quick and complete. Mr Hughton could always give that role to Snodgrass when he is fit enough!

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • what a big shame for elliot Bennett, i thought he looked sharp and a yard quicker than last season,

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    Colby Army!

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • Only good thing is that the trashbummer (love it!) who sits behind me and was giving Benno a hard time v Everton (really not sure why) will have to find another target.

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, August 23, 2013

  • I've always liked him, so gutted that this has happened, seemingly out of nowhere. Best of luck Benno on your recovery.

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • That`s a great shame. EB is a terrific team player. shame about Hoops, too - hopefully he`ll be OK soon? We`ve got Olsson as a `wide left` option plus Redmond, so if Snods is fit, not so bad. Hoots has built a squad! Get fit ASAP, EB.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • Would like to see one of the twins promoted to the Senior squad as cover for Bennett. I'd have no issue bringing one on for 10 minutes against a tired full back, also good experince

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    Dave.B

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

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