Sebastien Bassong hints at short Norwich City absence for Grant Holt

Sebastien Bassong does not expect Norwich City striker Grant Holt to be out for long. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Sebastien Bassong does not expect Norwich City striker Grant Holt to be out for long. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Friday, December 21, 2012
5:26 PM

Sebastien Bassong believes Norwich City will miss injured captain Grant Holt – but revealed his time on the sidelines may not be as long as some expect.

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The centre-back has proven to be one of the buys of the summer for Chris Hughton as the Canaries look to build on their current 10-game unbeaten Premier League run at faltering West Brom on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

But they head into a festive schedule of five games in 15 days possibly having to deal with the absence of Holt, who suffered a hamstring injury during City’s 2-1 win over Wigan last weekend.

The number nine has not trained this week and is highly unlikely to feature at The Hawthorns – but Bassong was happy to suggest Holt will be able to play a part over the holiday season. And that would be welcome news for City boss Chris Hughton and Canaries followers everywhere, with Chelsea, Manchester City and a tricky trip to West Ham all on the horizon.

“Yes we are going to miss him,” said Bassong. “I don’t know how long he is going to be out for – he may be back quicker than some people think. Hopefully he will be back quickly and that will be a good thing for us.

“We are in a great run at the moment. We are really delighted about it, especially after the poor start we had. Now we are good.

“It is going to be a tough game at West Bromwich. We know what to expect going there and they are really lively up front, so we have to go there and give our maximum to get a result.

“They are two massive games coming up, Boxing Day against Chelsea is going to be really important for us and it makes this game against West Bromwich even more important because we don’t know what’s going to happen in the next two games. So if we get a chance to grab a point or something, we will be delighted.”

Having moved from Tottenham in the summer, Bassong has settled into Norfolk life with ease. What is harder to explain is City’s rise that has seen them overhaul almost an entire 11-point and 15-place gap to the Baggies at the start of October.

“If I knew I would tell you straight away,” Bassong told Talksport. “We have just been working hard in training and the gaffer told us to keep the belief, keep a good spirit, a winning spirit, and he kept telling us to believe in ourselves – and I think that is why we are here now.

Bassong added: “Norwich is a totally different life to London. It is the opposite. London is the capital and Norwich is a small, quiet city. But I am used to that because I used to live in Newcastle, so I know this type of city and it suits me well.”

Bassong is expected to make his 16th Premier League appearance for Norwich at The Hawthorns, and is currently City’s second highest scorer alongside Robert Snodgrass with three goals, behind Holt’s league tally of four.

All the defender’s goals coming from his last five league appearances.

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15 comments

  • Lucky 13 in the list of all-time Irish International players, Mr. Lawrenson. His punditry is indeed lamentable and, as Dubai says, we should be encouraged by Lawro`s prediction of a 2-0 defeat for us at WBA. If we have to play an unfit Holt and risk more serious injury, it underlines the lack of striking talent we currently have. Unless someone CAN step up? Fingers crossed - but just don`t break the Horse! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Lawro has West Brom predicted for a 2-0 home win today, so I feel better about our chances ! He always predicts against Norwich getting a result, and he nearly always gets it wrong - lets see him proved wrong again today !! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Yes, Scotcan. If you look at the whole Tyne & Wear Urban conurbation it`s about 1.6 million people. Perhaps Seb hasn`t set foot out of "Gotham City" yet to see that the next centre of urbanisation is Blofield Heath. All the other big centres have long since fallen into the sea, eg Corton and Happisburgh. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Wiven**. They got good coverage in the Mail today

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Apologetically sorry and remorseful about the tautology. Been reading lots too much of Divot`s stuff!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Think we can cope without Holty at West Brom. Can't see how he is even a possibility if he hasn't trained all week. Just don't want him coming back too soon and doing more harm than good. We need him over the Christmas period.

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    Flying Canary

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Don't risk Holt against West Brom, we need him back, but not rushed, so give him a short rest. Would be great if Morison came in and made a big impact, also good if Jackson was involved. It will be a hard game, but City seem to revel in such situations and have a habit of getting results away from home now ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Agree Flying Canary -- do not rush him back see what happened when they played Ruddy when he was not 100%. The part of Holts game that will be hard to replace is how he draws defenders away to make the hole for others, as the stats show a few are scoring goals so we should still score if someone can step-up to do the Holt role as it is his reputation and presences that draws the defender. A wild card remark but I would say the person who could possibly bundle people about and draw defenders would have been Chris Martin - as I say a wild card comment! OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Norwich is a small, quiet city. But I am used to that because I used to live in Newcastle, well said Seb!

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Now as Seb states Newcastle not bigger than Norwich when can we expect the nationals to give us the same amount of coverage as newcastle.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • There`s a place across the water from Wiven** called Fingring**. Is this the way to make it not unmentionable? According to 2002 figures, Newcastle had a population of 187,000 compared with Norwich`s 173,000. So not that much in it. Suburbs, "Outer City" etc may put a lie to that? Wikipedia time....?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Apologetically sorry and remorseful about the tautology. Been reading lots too much of Divot`s stuff!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Newcastle about 300, 000. Tyneside which includes Gateshead etc - Greater Newcastle if you like, is about 900,000.

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    ScotCan

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • There`s a place across the water from Wiven** called Fingring**. Is this the way to make it not unmentionable? According to 2002 figures, Newcastle had a population of 187,000 compared with Norwich`s 173,000. So not that much in it. Suburbs, "Outer City" etc may put a lie to that? Wikipedia time....?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • U21's Jacob Murphy looks more and more like a fresh quality talent, when looking on the the bbc's squad list for us his name is listed. can we play him in the senior squad? if so I say lets save our January pennies and promote from within, young full of energy, unknown and keen to break through. best of all we already have him.

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    MBA Marine

    Friday, December 21, 2012

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