Chris Hughton confirmed Sebastien Bassong will return against his former club Tottenham tomorrow to help lead Norwich City’s fightback after a wretched run in league and cup combat.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

City’s dismal FA Cup exit to non-league Luton followed a heavy Premier League defeat at Liverpool which was notable for the absence of key centre-back Bassong. The Cameroon international had been left out of both games as a precaution with a calf injury, but Hughton is ready to unleash the defender against Spurs tomorrow at Carrow Road.

“He is now back fit. He is a big plus for us,” he said. “He has been a very big player for us. You can talk about his contribution to the games but he is a big personality around the place. He is very good for the other players. He has that bit of experience with the younger players and it is really good to have him back around the squad. I don’t like to single one player out but he is important to us. Not just his ability but he is very good in that group of players.”

City midfielder Robert Snodgrass acknowledged Bassong is a key man in Norwich’s Premier League survival bid.

“Seb has been quality this year,” he said. “He has played at a good level. He is a good player. You need to have a leader at the back and he comes in and commands and does well, and I think that Michael Turner as well has done really well. I’m sure Seb will be trying to win the (Tottenham) game like the rest of us. It didn’t work out for him there towards the end so hopefully we can help him get one over his old club.”

Another influential face is also on the fringes of a return. Scottish defender Steven Whittaker was back on the bench at the weekend after a hip injury – and he is still to taste defeat while on the pitch in the Premier League since joining from Rangers in the summer.

“Steven has had a good week and a half training with us, was on the bench Saturday and not used,” added Hughton.

“Steve Morison (thigh) will be available we hope for QPR (on Saturday) and apart from John Ruddy we are OK.”

Ruddy’s continued absence allows City’s only January signing to date, goalkeeper Lee Camp, to figure in the Canaries’ squad to tomorrow, although Mark Bunn is expected to start.

And while the news has been good on the injury front, it has remained a difficult few days for Hughton given their defeats to Liverpool and Luton.

“You are right, it has been a tough week – but when we are at the level we are playing, you have to be able to ride these poor weeks, this poor run of form,” said Hughton. “We were on the back of a very good run and we are doing a lot of the same things. It is about form, injuries, the fine margins of getting a result when you don’t play so well and perhaps in a more difficult period the same type of performance does not get you anything.

“It is not science. We are in what I regard as a good position in the division. I think an example of how tough this league is, is the beginning of this run we were 10 points clear of the relegation zone. We are now seven points clear.

“There isn’t one player in that changing room who doesn’t know we have to do better than we have in the last two games. All I can do is reiterate that, but they know.

“Listen, I take full responsibility. I select the team, the tactics, but you have to be able to ride it. There would not be a single player of member of staff who has not gone through difficult times before. It is about making sure you learn from it, you benefit from it.

“The good thing is there is always a next game. A good result puts things in a different light. You don’t get carried away on a good run and you don’t get too down when it goes the other way. It has been a tough week or so but when we are at the level we are playing you have to be able to ride these poor weeks, this poor run of form.”

Latest Norwich City stories

12 comments

  • I see you read my comments on the Snodgrass story E.T., Took them on board and changed much of your outlook, good for you. What is really needed now is for some one to read them to Mr Hughton! We all live in hope!... Also can someone tell Bassong that Kick Off time is 7.45pm, NOT 7.55pm!

    Report this comment

    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Bassong has a nice little streak of eccentricity about him. Hall of Famer in the making, if he stays with us. Btw, Declan`s off on loan to Preston. Great news for him - at last!

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Agreed Cap. He has been a pleasant surprise, but like Stew says. He needs to know when the game starts, and not when he feels like joining in with the rest.

    Report this comment

    Erpingham Tractor

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • MB, I wait to be informed othewise, but I think the loan window for non-BPL clubs re-opens a week after the transfer window closes. Let's hope Hughton & McNally focus on bringing players in first, Deccers can get his move in a fortnight.

    Report this comment

    shefcanary

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • MB, Bewilderwood is on the road to Doommongering.

    Report this comment

    goldeneadie

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Ta for info shefcanary. I hope something happens for Dec, `cos he won`t even be a bench-warmer for us, as things stand. This is all "going to the wire" or is it all bluff? Where`s Bewilderwood?

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Totally agree ET about giving the strikers we have more chances to score, but we do need someone in the box wearing yellow.

    Report this comment

    Lobbo

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Why not try Cafu on the right of (attacking) midfield? Could do worse. Whits @ RB. Snods on left. Agree with Erps that there is no point in having strikers if we don`t have a supply chain. Not convinced with Turner yet, Erps? when he has a bad day, it seems to be really bad! Liverpool must love seeing him and young Benno together. Btw, when IS Declan going to get this mystery loan spell??

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Let's hope you have got your tactics right Mr Hughton. I would like us to go out and try to win, rather than not trying to lose. There is a subtle difference, that does not seem to have transmitted through to the players, even when we were on our good run. I would like to see Whittaker back in the team and Russell Martin [instead of the plough boy Turner] in alongside Bassong. That's sorted the defense out, let's worry about scoring at the other end, which is not about getting more strikers into the club, but actually giving the strikers we have, chances to score.

    Report this comment

    Erpingham Tractor

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Without Bassong we would be down in the relegation zone. He's a leader on the pitch and a rock in defence - oh yes and also our third highest goalscorer!

    Report this comment

    Cap Canary

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Lawro has predicted a 1-0 win for us against Spurs....... In the same section on the BBC website there is a league table showing the performance of his predictions over the season so far. No prizes for guessing which team is bottom!! Let's hope he is right for once this time.

    Report this comment

    Kent Anglian

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • I am glad that all the players know that they have to do better than they did in the last two games. Problem solved.

    Report this comment

    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT