Winger Elliott Bennett would ‘give anything’ to make his Norwich City return against Manchester United

Elliott Bennett scores Norwich City's second goal in a vital 2-1 home win against Reading at Carrow Road in April 2013, but has only played one game this season due to injury. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Elliott Bennett scores Norwich City's second goal in a vital 2-1 home win against Reading at Carrow Road in April 2013, but has only played one game this season due to injury. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
4:37 PM

Norwich City winger Elliott Bennett says he would ‘give anything’ to play for the Canaries against Manchester United on Saturday.

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The 25-year-old is back to full fitness after recovering from a knee ligament injury picked up on the opening day of the season and completed his fourth match for City’s Under-21s last night.

Bennett played 90 minutes of a 1-0 win against Wolves at Telford, with City’s goal scored by young winger Josh Murphy, and the former Brighton man is desperate to be in the first-team squad at Old Trafford.

“It would be lovely to be involved, I’d give anything to be involved,” Bennett said, speaking to BBC Radio Norfolk. “I’ve been asked to play in the game (at Wolves), I’ve come through that fine, my knee feels brilliant, I feel really fit but these decisions are not up to me.

“I’m ready, the manager knows I’m ready now as well, so it’s just a case of biding my time, training well and who knows what could happen then but I’m just grateful to be back out on a football pitch.”

Bennett played 90 minutes of the opening-day 2-2 draw with Everton at Carrow Road but is yet to return after injuring his knee during that game.

The former Wolves trainee made 28 appearances last season, scoring twice, and 35 the season before, scoring once during his first season with the Canaries.

Bennett must now show manager Neil Adams that he is ready to return by performing on the Colney training pitches.

“I’ve spoken to Neil quite regularly and he’s just told me to keep getting my fitness up and get some minutes in and then it’s up to me really,” Bennett added.

“I know where I’m at, he knows where I’m at as well, and to get (another) 90 minutes under my belt I’d like to think is good for me and good for Neil as well to have another body available that he can maybe call on if needs be.

“We’ve got a fantastic squad of 25 players and any given day anyone can play. Neil is the manager now and he’s got the full support of every single person and hopefully we can do what’s asked of us and stay in the Premier League.”

Whether he is involved in the match squad or not, Bennett is confident City can go to Old Trafford and earn some much needed points from the 5.30pm kick-off, despite United’s decision to sack manager David Moyes and install club legend Ryan Giggs as their interim boss.

“You don’t associate Manchester United with that sort of thing normally after they stuck with Sir Alex Ferguson for such a long time but when a club’s had the magnificent success that it has done, I’m sure everyone at the football club wants that to continue,” Bennett continued.

“It was a really difficult job for anyone coming in after Sir Alex and what a great job he has done so I’m sure the decision they’ve made is in the best interests of them, just like the decision that the board at Norwich had to make.

“Everyone talks about it as the big talking point but that’s Manchester United, we don’t care about that. There’s a little bit of unrest in the dressing room so if we can go there and take all three points then that would be nice.”

Do you think Bennett deserves to be in the squad against Manchester United? Or do you think he is unlikely to return to first-team action this season? Leave your comments below.

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29 comments

  • Either day and place fine by me.

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    el dingo

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • I might be able to make it for the 14th, but only on one condition, namely that henceforth we should be known as 'The Live Canaries Society', in honour of 'The Dead Poet's Society'. And if you think I'm joking, just bare in mind that I'll be flying in from London at the prospect of having to stay at least overnight with my mother, a daunting prospect at the best of times

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Ah, "Devil in Disguise". Finally something I understand on this board. One of 14 songs recorded by Elvis over 2 days, 26\27th May 1963. Made the top 5 and earned the King a gold record. What's that got to do with Elliott Bennett returning to first team action? Nothing.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Stahlich Dan - I should`ve left 14th open, my son`s B\D. Silly me. Keep trying to say, keep getting ethered.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Are they Needful Things, Fagen, or The Devil in Disguise? I`d prefer Pargeters` Pub, but can manage either venue. May bring back memories!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • We will pencil in 14th May then folks with the chance of moving it to 7th if it suits others. I think FINN can only make it after 15th when he is jetting in. BP2 can join us if we have a pre match one next season. As regards venue I am happy to meet at the Cat if it suits. We will have to keep a careful eye on Leland Gaunt and Watchman Nee who sit in the corner.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • We were as sh!*s that flushed in the night there, de geillustreerd one! We need our Ferric Fuehrer to make the final decision. Blaff, the only persons allowed to use D!ck are actual D!cks, or the hacks (same thing?). Even Charles D!ckens is verboten. You are allowed to use `Vampyre` though.... What`s a BFF?? Some `Dubai-isms` - ManU are in a tailspin. Chelsea are only concerned with that European Trophy. Ar$enal only care about the FA Cup - ergo 9 easy points for our lads! OTBC!! Great batch of Pollyanna Potion, DC!!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Fagen, Weds 14th sounds good to me, but 7th OK too. Is `Blaaffen` an Afrikaans version of `Blaffen`, or have I just been spelling it wrong all the time? Not like me, is it? ;-) Blaff, it was inderdaad de geillustreerd man`s wish to join us in Billy-Bob Heaven. One of Mattias`s Tardises is just down the street a piece, masquerading as a Heart-attack Hut in the covered toilet, sorry, I mean under the flyover - so surely he could get there? BP2, The Fat Cat is my brother`s local. That`s the part of Naaridge in which I was spawned. went to Nelson Street Infants School. Short cut for me was to climb on the chicken shed & jump over the wall!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Yes it was me who wants to come for a beer and it was me that said a minimum of three dissenters were sent home last Saturday (good source, no proof) and yes you can laugh at or admire my tattoos, none of which re pornographic. If it's the Cat, beware of Crewman Russell, who is a rabid Watford fan (and a nice guy!)

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Its 3pm Steely, according to the club website. I'm assuming you'd be back by then, depending on how much praying you're thinking of doing. On second thoughts...

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Ok, Fagen, how about this...... we get Matt along, meet up at Naarridge International Airport and steal ourselves away to your gite full of gits by the Med. Matt can use his Amex business card to charter the Fokker and write off the whole thing against tax. .....but, seriously, (although only a bit more seriously), cant do Thursdays. That's my day for driving the curiously-named mobilty bus to take the old folks (ie VERY old folk) to their day centres, Bingo sessions and bungee-jumping tournaments. I could do Wed 7th May or Wed 14th May, preferably the latter because our fate will be mathematically sealed by then and we can justifiably ask Finnblue to "get them in". If you go with BP's idea about a post Ar$enal bevy on Sunday 11th May, the Plasterers will be heaving with lost Gooners looking for the coach park andor a fight, so I'd opt for the Fat Feline. I'll have my motor with me so I could drop one or more "ravers" back at the bus station afterwards. Looking forward to seeing BP's mohican (getting squiffy with quiffy as it were) and also seeing Lincs turn up in a fetching pair of Bermudas with an almanac under his arm, just in time to buy the rest of us a round of chasers. Wat aardig! Blaff.

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    Barking Wise

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • BP2 probably better if you can make one of our mid week dates. Tell the boss you are popping out for a latte and head off to Liverpool St. I think Ars*nal is a Sunday lunch ko. I go to church of a Sunday ,the 11 o'clock service.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Steely, if you're thinking before or after the A*senal game, can you let me know, as far in advance as possible please, cos of train tickets. I wasn't planning to attend the game but if there is a rave taking place, I would like to be there if poss. I have a new quiff now.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • This has turned in to one of those boards where I feel like I have arrived too late at the pub and everyone has moved on to shorts (drinks that is, not trousers). Understood TK and Malaga's tactics but lost it from where fish began falling from sky (back in the fifties my grandad, who was a retired trawlerman, took me to Lowestoft harbour on Sunday mornings and when headed home with a bag full of fish said they came from the sky). Barry From Spain, if you are still with us, I am sure I saw something from (I think) el dingo about a players bust up before the Liverpool game and three players being sent home. One of those, according to that post, was Irish. Have a nice evening chaps, I'm off to see if there are any sober boards seeking statistical clarification.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • BP2 - its always dangerous in the Plasterers - there is a bloke called BillyBob who preys on people. Brew and Blaaff how about Wed. or Thursday next week or the week after ? I'm ok for those days. Water boarding is a Blaaffen expression that I have picked up on.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Who `waterboarded` Lily Savage? What does that actually mean?? I`m going to my Mansion in Mundford around early May so, like Fagen, I feel we must meet ere long. After that I`m going to my Gíte in Grundisbugh for a while, then on to Rendezvous with the Royals in Reymerston. So busy, busy. Such fun. C`mon, Steely - suggest a date! We turnips will all turn up, even Gedro. Also, FFS, Matt hasn`t far to stagger from his Angina Arcade in Anglia Square.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Blaaffen - surely anyone who can waterboard Savage has got to be one of our heroes. It's just a shame that the Brew missed it.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • I've been working on it chaps but nearly all my comments are not making it onto the boards. Yes we will have a little end of season get together. I think FINNBLUE also wants to attend. I'm going down to my little abode on the Med on 17th May so we cantry and make it before then. Maybe get Ged along as well. Fagen.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • El dingo has indeed been nominated for the title of "De geillustreerd Man". D!ck has a name that may not be mentioned in polite circles. To Ryan Giggs` Chest Wig I say, let`s get Fagen on the case. The Arch-Organiser! This could be such fun. To mijn oud, speciaal vriend, Blaffen Wijs, I say - let`s both of us be knapachteren!! If Dingo`s coming, I`m going to get one of those sleeves or find my old stock of `Pingays`. Just picture it. Old Gits, Knapachterers, Sages, and The Man of the Naked Lunch. Fagen great prospect. If Steely`s not feeling inclined to be our Leader, I hereby nominate BPbp. Hirsutes you, Sir!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Bring back Bennett Actually Brewer, I came up to the fine city over the weekend, and popped into the Plasterers after the game. I was wondering if my brother was in there. He wasn't as it happened. Briefly, I considered introducing myself to the assembled patrons, and asking as to whether anyone by the name of Steely Dan was present. Unfortunately, I lost my bottle, and fearing that the landlady might think me quite mad at such enquiry, I beat a hasty retreat. Is this your local by any chance?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Was any reason given for Hoolahan to be missing from last weeks squad?

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    Barry from Spain

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Shame on you Brewer to even think such a thing, let alone suggest it, besides, it would ruin my aerodynamic propulsion

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • PS. welcome back, mijn Gek vriend. Wes you bin? Let me guess.....a long weekend break in Madeira; a pub crawl in Dubai with extended hang-over thrown in; kidnapped by trolls and locked in a damp bedsit on the outskirts of Ipswich deprived of alcohol, internet access and intelligent conversation until the ransom was paid late last night; a short spell in the Archduke's sinbin; or maybe just school holiday syndrome (he suggested, flatteringly).... The possibilities are endless, but to Dick's eternal relief, none of the possibilities I've suggested are football related. Anyway, your break seems to have energised the grey matter. Footy strategy, "arch"ery practice, and ascerbic put-downs spewing all over the cubicle walls. You certainly made light work of "Dick", the hapless soul who wandered into a cubicle mistaking it for the leader column, or was it the stock market? Have you thought of scripting post match interviews for that sulky little Portuguese fella? Much more edifying than tardis spotting under the Angular Squit Flyover.........and such fun, to boot. Je laffen blaffen.

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    Barking Wise

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • I wonder whether `Bill Punton`s bald patch` might consider changing his nom de plume to "Ryan Giggs` chest wig"? I swear that the Giggs guy comes on clean-shaven, only to go off at half-time with a full beard. Like somebody has taken a Stanley knife to a horse-hair sofa. In the interval, a bit of applied trichotillomania from the tribes of tonsorialists and pógón pruners, and he`s back out looking all egg-faced. 45 minutes later, a bit bushy again. Add 9 min. of Fergie time (if the Manures need it), and he has the full Yeti. Sort of a hirsute Dr. Banner\Incredible Hulk scenario. Must be the massive levels of testosterone that he generates.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Unfortunately Goss, the planets were also aligned that day, fish fell from the sky and there was a blood moon too.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Yes - Sky Sports 1 at 17.30 on Saturday.

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    PutneyCanary

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Spot on Trevor! Then for once we would have wingers on each flank. Snodgrass was never going to fill the right wing berth and even given injuries I could never understand why Hughton continued to play him out on the right when he's left-footed. He is much more useful playing in the centre because he can strike the ball well and his commitment and work rate would be more gainfully employed in that kind of role. If we can get decent service from both wings that would be a first and at least it would give the front men (whoever plays) something to work with. Am I right in thinking the Man U game will be on Sky due to the later KO time? Hope so!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Get him on there, last time he played the Wolf scored so maybe we can get a repeat ;-)

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • It would be interesting to see EB playing on the right wing with Redmond on the left and Snodgrass in the hole. I would then play Fer and Johnson in holding midfield rolls. EB can also do a decent job at right back if the need arises, especially as we seem to have moved Martin into the centre back roll. What ever happens it is good to see EB back up to full fitness after such a long lay off.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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