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Norwich City face anxious wait over injured duo Robbie Brady and Steven Naismith

07:30 07 March 2016

Left-sided player Robbie Brady has been struggling with a calf problem of late. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON/FOCUS IMAGES

Left-sided player Robbie Brady has been struggling with a calf problem of late. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON/FOCUS IMAGES

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Norwich City’s latest Premier League setback was compounded by two more injury concerns to Robbie Brady and Steven Naismith.

Both will be assessed over the coming days by the club’s medical staff after precautionary early exits at the Liberty Stadium.

Brady lasted only 27 minutes with a calf problem in an eventual cameo that also earned the Republic of Ireland international a booking before Naismith, who only returned to the side after missing the previous defeat to Chelsea with signs of fatigue, making way with a hamstring concern.

Andre Wisdom and Seb Bassong, however, are poised to return to training ahead of Manchester City’s weekend visit after being sidelined during recent weeks.

“Seb was close (for Swansea) and I would anticipate he will train this week,” said Neil, speaking immediately after the 1-0 defeat. “Losing Robbie so early in the game was a blow because he is a big player for us and then Steven Naismith later on with a hamstring problem. That certainly doesn’t help our cause but we just need to wait. I think both felt the injuries and we got them off as soon as we could. I don’t think it is tears or anything like that, there was a bit of discomfort and they were not capable of moving properly so they put their hands up.”

Bassong’s absence has arguably helped January signing Timm Klose cement his place in central defence and the Swiss international was again one of the few consistent Norwich performers.

“I thought particularly in the second half when the game was stretched he did well and I think we are seeing the signs of what he can do,” said Neil. “He came off the back of a mid-term break in Germany and when you adapt to a new country it takes a bit of time.”

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26 comments

  • Steve Perrett's hits it bang on the head. Prepare for an onslaught of MOGdem.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

  • I cannot understand this manager not playing his better players, Olsson for me is a better full back than Brady and I cannot understand why Lafferty cannot even get a kick when others are not performing, it smacks of poor man management to me, and now we are seeing this in the results.

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    vmarshall

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

  • I cannot understand this manager not playing his better players, Olsson for me is a better full back than Brady and I cannot understand why Lafferty cannot even get a kick when others are not performing, it smacks of poor man management to me, and now we are seeing this in the results.

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    vmarshall

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

  • Signs of fatigue Naismith!!! He's only played a handful of games all season, not even a regular at Everton. Been playing his bagpipes all night maybe. Does he know how many games they play in the Championship. What a waste of space.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

  • Didn't take long... happy clapper perrett up and out of his arm chair...

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    Oh matron

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • Usual ignorant comments on here from the armchair managers I see. I doubt half the people who post on here actually go to watch the games. If managing a Premier League team is so easy perhaps some of you "tools" should have give it a go. We are not quite down yet and the only way we will have any chance of staying up is by fans getting behind the team instead of constantly moaning and groaning and making pathetic comments.

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    Steve Perrett

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • Get over it. Most expensive squad ever. £20m spent, yes 20 million pounds. That's a lot of money for the NHS or a charity in the real world. Still no further forward, and lots of players left sidelined, but still drawing oodles per week, including international players like Stephen Whittaker. Sort the squad, reduce overheads (sadly in the case of people like SW who were, (in my view) unfairly rubbished, but clearly not part on NCFC future now. Result - most money spent on a season worst season as nothing learned or gained.

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    Les Lee

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • AN, are you here to sabotage our club?? Purchase of Andreu Refusal to play Olsson at LB Insistence on playing RM, expect to see him in goal this week, he's been in every other defensive position Didn't sign a decent keeper last Summer Didn't sign a CB last Summer(Keane went to Burnley for only £2m) Dismantled a reasonable left side of our team Sign no cover for Tettey apart from Mulumbu who is too slow Retention of Grabban Sale of last year's POTS Refusal to play & sale of Hooper Refusal to even give KL a cameo role Sticking by CJ who has proven all season that he's not up to it Constant tinkering apart from when needed,,, i.e when 2 goals up Sign a RB who isn't one & no better than the 3 we already have Refusal to give RB more than a few minutes £8m for Naismith....really? £7m for Klose...really? Sent all promising youngsters out on loan Coaches not fit for purpose Pointless drivel in interviews It's little wonder Phelan walked out when you walked in

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    never mind the danger

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • Thinking out of the box here..I've got a great idea if Brady is injured, we could use Olsson as cover at left back until he's better.

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    Gruff

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • Some perspective required here, chaps: we got edged out in a scrappy, tense away game by a team that just won at the Emirates. We battered them in the last 10 minutes and had at least 5 chances to knock in an equaliser. A good case could be made that one could stay-up this year with 36 points, we are now *1* point off safety, we play both of our relegation rivals *at home* and also have decent fixtures against a shambolic Palace and 'nothing to play for' Watford and West Brom. Nick a draw against Man City on Saturday and we could get those 12 points in the bag before ManU come to visit. Our form is atrocious, but Newcastle are arguably even worse right now and Sunderland keep shooting themselves in the foot (thanks Virgil!) so we are still very much in this. I really believe that one moment of luckquality is all we need to get some positive momentum going.

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    Ruddy Hell

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • All this linguistics is fascinating. I can sum our situation up in one readily-understood word used all over Europe and beyond: Kaput.

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    el dingo

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • erm., BJ to Derby City, probably the biggest co*k-up of our transfer business this year. Whom of our central midfielders has the same fire in the belly ability to raise those around him and rouse the fans. Mulumbu- I dont think so. Dorrans I dont think so. Andreau[yes he's still around], I dont think so, O'Neill- best so far but no, Howson- talented but better with BJ around, Tettey _its getting better but he's broken. Major misjudgement of selling methinks, I wonder why?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • “Et tu, neiltu" cutty me ol fruit would rather today or tomorrow

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    Oh matron

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • Oh matron, the 15th is the ides of march, an appropriate day to do the dirty deed.

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    cutty

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • I'm afraid mc scally's ego will prevent him from sending rab c Neil and the string vest gang back over Hadrians WALL with a patronising pat on the head and polite "there you go we man"

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    Oh matron

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • AN should have kept 3 at the back as this actually worked against Leicester and Chelsea. Time to revert to this but with Bennett and not Bass. If Brady is out then bring in Jarvis on left and play Bamford - also I am not convinced by Pinto - he and Redmond were at fault on Saturday for not tracking Sigurdsson. Also Mulumbu needs to step up to the plate now Tettey is out. Ruddy, Martin, Klose, Bennett, Olsson, Mulumbu, Howson, Jarvis, Hoolahan, Redmond, Bamford.

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    OTFBC

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • Move today Mr McNally. Either hire experienced help for AN or fire him. You are about to lose your precious seat at football's top table!

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    GolfingCanary

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • Oh matron - you're not City man\City M in disguise, are you? Just wondering. Some stylistic similarities. Great comments, though.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • Whilst norwich wait on injury news the fans already know that under this insanity our beloved club will yet again be relegated. AN must be along with the Hamish mc clueless cranky quad be sent packing back to the land of none football and I'm not saying Suffolk.

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    Oh matron

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • The problem is Brady has played every game out of position and is overworked. If AN had played his as a conventional left midfielder and not as a wing back he would not be injured and probably would not have lost 2 teeth against Chelsea either. Why Olsson doesn't play behind him is beyond me. This would be as good a left side as there is in the league with them both. Why we signed Naismith I dont know we were looking for a goalscorer - linked with Afobe and Haller and yet bought an attacking midfielder who plays the same role as Wes!! I dont know how they can both be accommodated. I would start Bamford in the next game - he works hard and clearly has ability as on Chelsea's books - sadly CJ is just not cutting it.

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    OTFBC

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • Creuse, I only listened to the radio commentary and saw the highlights on MOTD. Bamford did seem nippy and positive - intent on getting a shot away. If you don't shoot, you don't score. So there may be just a glimmer of hope. We're all holding out for a hero. Absence of leadership on the field will remain a weakness. I wish Johnson was still here. If Brady and Naismith go missing, who will "step up to the plate"? Mulumbu, Jarvis and VOO? All the promising young signings (Thompson, McGrandles, Maddison) are out on loan. Tony Andreu's signing may have rhyme but has no reason. Bard decision. I wish that monster BJ was still here...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • I think if it was as "obvious" as suggested AN would have the same view as many of the expert pundits that grace these pages. I think it is a little more (actually far more) complex than it seems and in the premiership environment I am sure some of the issues and concerns not immediately obvious to us supporters. I also think we are starting to gel a bit more s a team but sadly a little late for this season. If....IF.. wemanage to stay up I think it will be much better from the start next year. Only get to hear the games on radio or see via MOTD, but it didn't seem like we were played off the field Saturday, and the primary failure seems to be that we were caught out by a lack of tracking back by Pinto and Redmond. Brady out is a big loss. Impressed with effort shown by Bamford and hope he starts next game.

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    CreuseCanary

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • @malaga, Naismith was on telly the other day, something to do with promoting a charitable cause, I think. Good diet for kids or suchlike. He admitted to growing up on the Classic Scottish Diet. Everything fried, often in batter. Pizzas, pies, black, white & red puddings, sausages, fush (sic), Mars Bars, mutton pies, pies generally. The chippie owners even experimented with deep-fried lettuce. In batter, of course. That was a bit TOO healthy. Sort of green stuff. The only redeeming features of his woeful diet were Scottish Salad (chips wi' salt & sauce) and health drinks the likes of Irn Bru. This can't be good for the development of a healthy body.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • I suppose footy players pick up a few knocks, it being a contact sport. Of sorts. Maybe that softens up the likes of anterior cruciate ligaments, hamstrings, tarsals, metatarsals, groins, backs, necks, tattoos, suntans, teeth and tonsorial arrangements. Poor Winkel even had a sore toe which kept him out for weeks. He should've stuck to wearing his native clogs. It's a hard-knock life; professional football.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • Up to now Klose has been the only stand-out January signing. Can't understand what is meant by Naismith suffering from fatigue. He hasn't played much. Andy Murray played David Cup tennis for six hours yesterday and often has to go back on court for another game a day or two later.He seems able to cope. I often wonder why some footballers these days complain about having to play two games a week! Not so physical agreed but he probably does more running than half some teams do in 90 minutes.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, March 7, 2016

  • It’s incredible how AN's usage of certain players never ends. Apparently, they do well at Colney- it does not matter when they fail when it matters. It reminds me of good old Peter Thorne and his magic hat- he did really well dribbling the cones during training, but how many goals did he score? We need to start playing the hungry guys, the ones with less skill, but bigger heart. Show the underperformers that their places are not secure nor reserved- Swansea did 6 changes before beating Ar$enal- why can’t we? Also, when will we see the back of Russell Martins captaincy? Its obvious that he is struggling in the league, and he should be able to concentrate on the tasks on the field rather than commanding others on their tasks as well. Maybe then he will be a decent player again! Why doesn’t AN see the obvious?? Everywhere I turn people are pointing out these problems- is it because we are so good on paper? We are the world’s best team at Colney? The squad needs to rise to the occasion, stop hiding themselves. If a player can’t get motivated when in PL- ship him out or go down with him.

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    Norwegian Canary

    Monday, March 7, 2016

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