Michael Turner and John Ruddy injury worries for Norwich City’s trip to Southampton

John Ruddy is replaced at Everton after suffering a thigh injury. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images John Ruddy is replaced at Everton after suffering a thigh injury. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, November 26, 2012
1:37 PM

Injuries to John Ruddy and Michael Turner presented an unwanted postscript to Norwich’s latest hard-earned Premier League point.

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Turner missed the trip to Goodison Park with a shoulder problem damaged in the previous win over Manchester United and Chris Hughton has already ruled the big centre-back out of Wednesday’s trip to Southampton. The manager’s prognosis also suggested Turner is a major doubt to face his former club Sunderland this weekend.

Ruddy’s thigh injury was set to be assessed yesterday by Norwich’s medical staff, but the England international must also be a serious concern for the pending south coast trip to face Saints’ outfit buoyed by a 2-0 league win over Newcastle. The 26-year-old had only recovered from a knee injury suffered against United to rejoin training on the eve of the Everton game.

“He just felt his thigh and that is why he wasn’t able to kick the ball, so hopefully he has come off at the right time. We are hopeful he will be okay,” said Hughton. “The knee has cleared up. He had no problem with that at all. He trained for the first time on Friday with the squad and he did some work with Dave Watson on the Thursday.

“The knee is absolutely fine, that is the good news and we just need to wait and see what happens with his thigh, but in Bunny (Mark Bunn) we have a very good replacement that we had to bring on towards the end.

“Michael will not be fit (for Southampton). We’re assessing it and we are hoping it will not be a while. It is certainly not going to be a longer-term one but possibly a matter of weeks; certainly not Wednesday, whether he has any chance for Saturday, I don’t know at this stage.”

Ruddy underlined his quality again at Goodison Park with one excellent parry to deny Leighton Baines in the second period before leaving the field eight minutes from the end of normal time to a rapturous reception from the Toffees’ faithful after spending five years at the club without making the breakthrough.

“I’m sure John thoroughly enjoyed his time there but leaving has been to our benefit,” said Hughton.

“We’ve seen it numerous times with goalkeepers. When somebody leaves somewhere to play regularly they are able to develop their game.

“That’s absolutely not being negative towards Everton, it’s normal at every club and possibly if John was there, they’ve got a wonderful keeper in (Tim) Howard, so he would possibly be sitting on the bench week in, week out, not getting that opportunity.

“Sometimes you need to get that opportunity, get away and see if you can develop. Fortunately for us, John developed into an excellent goalkeeper.”

20 comments

  • Umble was the name given to the offal removed from game, specially deer, for the consumption of the plebs. It has come to mean other things thro` the course of history, though "Umble" and "humble" do combine comfortably, contextually. (I am NOT Prolix Paddy, honest). Bunn is a very chunky looking guy compared with JR and, as a result, probably looks shorter than he is. I thought Loris was a make of wristwatch?? If you think JR may be worth £15million+, MBA, it supports my theory that Bunn was bought in order to cash in on Ruddy. Get a decent striker for £15m??? Fantasy football. Best ask saintmark.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Umble pie was a a bit like the English version of Haggis: all offal and other odds & sods suitable only for the humble, aka "plebs" in Tory-speak. Umble itself was the offal of deer. The posh folk got to eat the venison bits! Will we even get a few quid for Beccles Boy now? To think he was one of the "Holy Trinity" in that L1 promotion season. I still think Moro can do a job but have a feeling he might be a part-exchange candidate for another striker - unless we look abroad? I never wavered in my belief in Holty. He is a one-off. Terrific positive influence on the team. Now we have a couple more like that in Bassong & Tettey, things are looking good. I remember when Naughton joined on loan, many fans were moaning about him based on a couple of pre-season friendlies, then pleaded for him to stay. Funny, fickle old World!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • One thing guys, Feel free to throw a stone or to at the Trolls. But please don't attack their literacy, personally I do not think its right, I am a man of average intelligence who likes to have a say, but I find spelling and grammar quite tough, I have little need to write words down so it does not come naturally as i'm sure it doesn't for many people. I do however like a honest giggle created by a obvious typo, everyone is guilty of those, and fully expect a jovial comment when I make one (or 10!)

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • No need to eat humble pie over our current Bunn, I think he is a really good Keeper but is he any better than the two young keepers that we already had? I dont know but i do think that with the crop we have and Watson as coach we will make more money on the keepers that we sell than any outfield players. What Price should be on Ruddy's head now? With what Spurs paid for Loris and M united on D'Gea I think Ruddy has to be worth £15m+

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • BTW, MBA, looks like you know what "Umble" means. Judging from your current (sic) comment. It can also mean something Offal.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • blackdog if i want to comment on here i will i actually live local and my comment was aimed at a friend who i know looks at all the norwich news on here,and ive you looked around i comment on various things on this site,as for questionable players well that will tell with time ramirez quality and was wanted by arsenal tottenham and liverpool but obv didnt want to warm a bench,clyne cheap as and england u21 ,rodriquez we will see with him and 7 points out 0f 9 yes we are happy were going in right direction as you will hopefully find out weds and again at sparrow road

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    saintmark

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Ah St. Mark. Patron saint of bad football teams. Hailed from the Portsmouth area I believe....well somewhere insignificant like that anyway. PS: Where's the Leeds Poodle nowadays ? Gone very quiet since we tonked Arsenal. I can't imagine why....?

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    Timbo

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • come on saints you can beat this shower were on a roll now and finally finding our feet

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    saintmark

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • I have eaten my share of the pie, mostly over Holt who proved me wrong last season, and now as we did not sell him with his stock at its highest level and his influence is strong within the team, he should now see out his playing days with us and become a true NCFC legend. I'm eating no Pie for C Martin or Morrison. I might take a slice for Morrow one day but i doubt it, I think he is gone in the summer.

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • saintmark it's 'we are' or ' we're ' not 'were' . Pray tell me which stone these illiterate trolls crawl out from under please. They're nothing but an embarrassment to their clubs!

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    baguio

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Huh, against a poor NUFC 2nd XI, who have travelled across Europe for 2 games in 4 days...and with their ex-manager to boot. Surprise results happen during a season, though NU are in a bad run of form.

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • BTW, MBA, looks like you know what "Umble" means. Judging from your current (sic) comment. It can also mean something Offal.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Shame, but Big Benno\Barnett can do a good job with Double Bass, and Bunn has already showed his quality. Btw, I`ve already eaten lots of Umble Pie about Mark`s acquisition! Let`s not get too worried - unless they are more serious injuries than currently believed. Cafu fit yet?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • prediction.ruddy will join arsenal for eight million in january.

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    bluelight

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • I have information that suggests that Ruddy "will be out for weeks rather than days". The source, unlike Geds, is pretty reliable. If so could cause a stutter in our current good run of form. But they seem to rate Bunn, and if the defence has confidence in the new man behind them, it could, hopefully, be business as usual. Here's hoping!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • These fans of other clubs seem to turn up like a bad penny, never heard from them before but a couple of wins after spending a lot of money on questionable players and they suddenly think they have made it. It might well pay to keep the lips buttoned until a bit later in the season as these stupid remarks come back and bite.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Is saintmark really someone else? The dire grammar and punctuation look familiar.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • I give up. Leave it to the illiterate Soton troll.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Algarve might have a point about JR's injury, playing him on Saturday has made it worse. He will need serious rest to get it fixed. I am confident than Bunn and the lads have this covered. I agree with Brewer that Holt does put in an amazing amount of work around the pitch and is very solid when coming back to defend. He has not had the finishes that he had last year but I don't see any other centre forward who puts in the effort all round the field that he does. However, Suarez does spend a lot of time inspecting the grass at close quarters, presumably checking for fungal pathogens in the turf.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Gosh! Not allowed to reply. Wish, like most of you, that I hadn`t bothered.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 26, 2012

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