Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson is a fresh injury worry after 1-1 SC Bastia friendly

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson will miss the Championship kick-off with a medial knee ligament problem. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson will miss the Championship kick-off with a medial knee ligament problem. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, July 25, 2014
7:56 PM

Jonny Howson’s knee injury was the only downside for Norwich City boss Neil Adams from a competitive 1-1 friendly work-out against SC Bastia in Sallanches on Friday evening.

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Howson departed shortly before the interval after tweaking his right knee in a fiesty contest which saw Anthony Pilkington cancel out Francois Kamano’s 65th minute close range finish.

Adams admitted he now faces an anxious 24 hours to assess the full extent of the midfielder’s injury. Alex Tettey (groin) and Lewis Grabban (Achilles) both sat out the final game of City’s tour whilst Kyle Lafferty is likely to miss Monday’s Carrow Road friendly agaisnt Nice after scans on Friday confirmed severe bruising to the same leg injured at Colney last week prior to heading out to the club’s Italian training camp.

“Jonny kicked through a player and he’s just tweaked his knee. He was in the changing room there with an icebag on it, and he said it doesn’t feel too bad. It’s the sort of one where 24 hours is key, so we’ll see in the morning,” said Adams. “Jonny Howson is a key player for us, so fingers crossed he’s ok. Kyle’s scan showed no tear on the muscle, just some bleeding which is best case scenario. He’s in a protective boot purely as a precaution. Best case scenario is three to four days for Kyle.”

Adams was delighted with his squad’s display against top flight French opposition.

“Overall I was pleased with the performance. I think we deserved to get something from the game, I would have been disappointed if we had lost it,” he said after the final whistle,” he said. “We dominated the ball, I think we had a lot more possession than them. We looked strong and we looked solid, there was certainly a much better use of the ball in the second half and we gave them a problem. They’re a good team. Claude Makelele is their manager and they like to pass the ball, but I felt overall we were the better side.”

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15 comments

  • H0mophone. Telephone. It`s all Greek to me.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Swiss Canary

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • PPS; H0mophones are verboten. Anyway, once you`ve heard one you`ve heard them all.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • PS. Wivenhoe - thanks! It makes the effort worthwhile. Niece one. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • I think that pic is from the open training session, Paul. What might appear to be an out of focus crowd in the background is prob a stone wall or something. I suppose bibs beats the old "shirts vs skins" method? The chav-pink one is rather fetching.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Why the "bib" photos? Is the new strip subject to copyright in France?

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Injury list is growing

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    Derek McDonald

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Looks like a good workout ahead of Nice...bad luck for Howson. It is a worry that the winger scored but good to see Pilks in amongst the goals again. Still would like to see a couple of defenders to keep pressure on the current batch...interesting that Ruddy Olssen Fer and RVW not there but I may have missed some injuries. All in all I still do not have the sinking feeling I had during the US warm ups last year when we were getting scrappy draws and losses to teams we should have taken to the cleaners. Next two games will be VERY interesting indeed.

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    OzCanary

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • One thing I really love about Adams is how open he is about what's going on where he can be. I wonder whether anyone would dare ask him about what they're doing working on staying onside in training?

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Brew , even your spelling mistake is spelt wrong . Brilliant

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Friendly? We were looking for some competitive opposition so I guess we mustn't complain. 1-0 down, away, against a decent(?) team and getting a draw, well done!

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    cutty

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Btbtw; `Achilles` what? There`s a tendoncy to use clichéd abbr.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Bwt - If you don`t beleive me, ask the midfeilder hemsilf. I hope Grabban`s Achellis won`t stop him playing agaisnt Neice. Our Saviour cried.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Feisty, Paddy. From Middle English. That old "i before e" rule.. isn`t much good really. Leis, damned leis and Polynisean garlands.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • How many shots on target from NCFC? - that was one of the problems last year...

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, July 25, 2014

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