Chris Hughton may have another selection dilemma or two this weekend beyond his Tottenham line-up.

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The City chief will have to formally declare his 25-man Premier League squad now the transfer window has slammed shut for the battles ahead until at least the New Year period.

Injury has robbed Hughton of the chance to see summer signings Steven Whittaker and Jacob Butterfield in meaningful action – but that will not enter the equation.

“No, because for those that have been out with longish-term injuries like Steven and Jacob they are both reasonably close now,” he said. “Jacob closer because he has played in a development game, but Steven started the pre-season. No, at this moment injury doesn’t have a bearing. We’ll have to see where we are come the end of the window and those are the decisions I have to make. We all know what the rules and regulations are and we will have to work around that one.

“That decision will be made once we get past the end of this window and we know exactly what we have got.”

Simon Lappin did his cause no harm with a goalscoring outing in the midweek Capital One Cup win over League One strugglers Scunthorpe, but the Scot is poised to be sidelined with an ankle problem for the majority of September.

“He has just jarred his ankle and is just going to be out for a few weeks,” said Hughton. “Probably two to three weeks, which is actually good news in the sense we thought it was actually worse than that.

“It has settled down a fair amount now and not as bad as we first feared. It was so unfortunate for him how it happened because he looked to have an opportunity to get a second goal in that game. He took up a couple of very good positions. I feel for him because he is a good lad. He trains hard every day and he has a wonderful attitude to training and playing.”

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17 comments

  • Well I expect an experienced premier league striker to come in on loan. As has been said, with the number of young oplayers we may well have capacity within the squad

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Well apparently we have got our new striker-on loan from Spurs-Harry Kane.6ft 2 19 year old

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    Trevor Sadd

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Well, clearly we can exclude 3 strikers, Wurst! Seriously, when we do the sums and taking into account the U-21 thing (thanks, greg ;-), maybe not too many? Has Lapps got a new lease of life? Chris Martin? I dare not hazard a guess. The overall wage bill will come into the equation.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • For how long is the Sicknote Scot, Whittaker, going to be out? Where`s George Francomb?? Madness. Can we still loan out Dec or Jed `cos of their age, or do we really have 4 keepers, as pointed out by kevin? More madness?? At least Hoots has noticed what a good bloke Lapps is. Then, so have most other people.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • god you people can be stupid sometimes, players under 21 dont count towards the 25, so that mean the likes of rudd, steer, francomb (when hes back after a month), adeyemi, korey smith, and Harry Kane will not count against the 25. we will be able to loan out players to the championship and below in two weeks time, on 3 month loans, Whittiaker gets one injury and he's labelled a sicknote? get a grip, your just trolling to get responses like mine...........

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    Greg Sayer

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • So who are the fringe players who may or may not make the 25 then? Excluding the u21s, who should be worried about their place?

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    Canary Wurst

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • I've tried totting them up, and I'm not even sure we have 25 players over 21. Maybe Peter Mendham will sneak onto the list.

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    Canary Wurst

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • i didnt post it twice, its a bug on this comment system....

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    Greg Sayer

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Greg, you may be a bit upset but there's absolutely no need to be abusive. Have you ever noticed that people are more inclined to listen if you don't act like a rude boor? Or is that a stupid concept?

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Greg i feel yr angst, and although i would not call people stupid (appart from Ged and Btb) i hear where your coming from.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Thanks for explaining the rules, Greg, so politely too. Just because I do not know all the rules doesn`t make me stupid or a troll. I post regularly on these boards and like to to learn new things. Which is why I asked the question in the first place! Every day`s a schoolday. Ref Francomb, if he can be loaned out any time, it seems odd that we didn`t keep him until Whittaker is fit again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • If our nickname had still been the Citizens we would have claim to Citizen Kane. (Greg Sayer - is sending your message twice the equivalent of shouting in print?)

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    Pondlife

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • the pool of 25 is daft, as about a quarter of the squad could be under 21years old, and this gives a squad approaching 30 bodies. eg How old is eden hazard, how old is oxlade chamberlain. another daft uefaprem league rule.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Prem teams can't loan in now but we can still loan out to lower leagues. think the transfer rules need to be written clearly.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • did anyone else hear that morrison turned down a loan deal to forrest?

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    bluelight

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • god you people can be stupid sometimes, players under 21 dont count towards the 25, so that mean the likes of rudd, steer, francomb (when hes back after a month), adeyemi, korey smith, and Harry Kane will not count against the 25. we will be able to loan out players to the championship and below in two weeks time, on 3 month loans, Whittiaker gets one injury and he's labelled a sicknote? get a grip, your just trolling to get responses like mine...........

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    Greg Sayer

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • So lets see, 4 of them are keepers, that only leaves 21 more!

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    kevin

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

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