Bradley Johnson ban and Steve Morison injury give Norwich City boss Chris Hughton a selection headache

Vincent Kompany plays on despite what appears to be a foul on Bradley Johnson in the build up to Manchester City's second goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Vincent Kompany plays on despite what appears to be a foul on Bradley Johnson in the build up to Manchester City's second goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, December 31, 2012
3:15 PM

A growing injury list and a one-match ban for midfielder Bradley Johnson have given Norwich City boss Chris Hughton a few selection headaches for tomorrow’s Premier League trip to West Ham.

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Johnson picked up his fifth booking of the season against Manchester City, while striker Steve Morison hobbled off before half-time with a thigh problem to join absent skipper Grant Holt on the sidelines.

Holt, who missed his second game in three as the Canaries lost 4-3, may have a slightly better chance of facing the Hammers than Morison, but Hughton may have to do without either.

“Steve just felt his thigh. How bad that will be we’ll just wait and see the next couple of days but it’s fresh at the moment. I would think he’ll be doubtful,” said the City boss after Saturday’s game.

“Grant will be very much touch and go. It’s just a little recurrence of his hamstring injury. He trained on Friday and still felt it so certainly it wasn’t one where he could have played today.

“It is a very slight injury but if you’re playing through it at the wrong time you can make it worse.

“So we might be missing both of them, or possibly have one of them back.”

With goalkeeper John Ruddy still on crutches after a thigh operation, full-back Steven Whittaker out with a hip injury and likely to miss “the next few games” and midfielder Andrew Surman out for the past two months with a knee problem, Johnson’s ban further reduces Hughton’s options.

“It will be a big loss but if you look at Jonny Howson’s contribution when he came on, it shows what a quality player he is,” said Hughton. “I think Jon would look at it that he’s a bit unfortunate not to have got the number of games he’s used to playing, but the form of Alex Tettey and Bradley Johnson has kept Jon out of the side. But it’s a great opportunity for Jon.”

On-loan striker Harry Kane, who replaced Morison, and Simeon Jackson provide the options up front if Holt and Morison are ruled out. It was a tough game for Harry to come into and a fairly open game against two quality centre-halves, so I think he did OK,” said Hughton. “I had a decision to make to put him or Simeon on. Simeon’s probably up to speed a little bit more but when you look at what Manchester City have on the set plays, they’re a big team.

“Harry’s come from being out for 11 weeks to doing some really good rehab, to playing 60 to 65 minutes in a development game, to then being on the bench at West Brom. He’s done some good training but there’s no doubt he will be better for today.”

10 comments

  • Excellent news that Morisson is out. He's very poor. I assume we'll play just the £85k a week mercnary up front and put the other 10 men behind the ball as usual. It's depressing, but needs must when you lack any depth in the squad and any real ability. Never mind. I'll be there cheering the boys on as usual!! COYY's (we'll lose) Ged - Number 1 NCFC Fan

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    Ged Steroo

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Oh dear, someones's moved the stone and znotty's crawled out again! How's Ip5w1ch doing then, slug?

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    The Crab

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • C'Mon eeeewe 'Ammers ! Norwich fans hoping for a 10 man opposition again?

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    Liz Knott

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • It`s Squad Time, folks! We`ll beat the Hammers!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • If having morison out gives the Boss a selection headache I Am A chinaman.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • I know the news folk didn't give Harry Kane the best marks for his performance, but I actually thought he did ok - in fact, a lot better than ok! Reminded me of Holty - obviously not as much experience, but the heart was there - and he's got a good touch or two as well. Would be much happier having him start than Morison - I have always been a supporter of Steve, but he really does seem to have lost his passion for City - time to move on perhaps?

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    Dobbino

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Morison out??? It's not ALL bad then!!! Give Harry Kane and Simeon Jackson a go in a 4:4:2!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • O dear----ain't looking too good. DON'T TELL ME WE DON'T WANT A STRIKER IN JANUARY PLEASE MR; MACNASTY.

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    superfan59

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Chance for Fox - but it won't happen - looks like the club gave him a 1 year extension in order to be able to sell him this month - sad...

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Both personas of the resident troll on parade now. That`s the trick in hermaphroditism, it can pleasure itself.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

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