Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is wary of rushing new signing Kei Kamara into Premier League action too soon – despite an impressive first day in training from the Sierra Leone international striker.

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Kamara, 28, completed his first training session with his new team-mates at Colney yesterday, but Hughton said he was still deciding whether or not to include him in his squad of 18 for tomorrow’s Premier League game against Fulham at Carrow Road (3pm). Monday’s Barclays Under-21 Premier League trip to Reading may be a more likely starting point for the player on loan from MLS club Sporting Kansas City.

It is not Hughton’s only key decision to make with winger Anthony Pilkington and Alex Tettey, both of whom withdrew from international duty this week, rated “touch and go” to face Fulham.

Pilkington missed a potential Republic of Ireland debut against Poland because of a hamstring injury he suffered in the 0-0 draw at Queens Park Rangers, while Tettey pulled out of Norway’s friendly in Spain with a knee problem.

However, defender Ryan Bennett, who missed England Under-21s’ victory over Sweden with a hamstring injury, will be fit – as will returning international trio Wes Hoolahan, Robert Snodgrass and Russell Martin.

“Ryan’s injury was the lesser of the three and he was able to do something today,” said Hughton at yesterday’s weekly Press conference. “Pilkington didn’t train today and neither did Alex Tettey. We are assessing them still – we certainly haven’t ruled them out but they will be touch and go.”

As for City’s two new strikers, it appears Luciano Becchio is more likely to see some action against Fulham than Kamara, after his 87th-minute introduction at Loftus Road.

“Becchio is the one who is certainly up to speed. He missed the FA Cup game for Leeds but came on for us last week,” said Hughton. “As regards fitness and sharpness, he is very much up to speed. I thought he made an impact when he came on but I would expect that as he has had a full half-season with Leeds. He is certainly one who will be part of the squad.

“With Kei he trained with us the first time today, so we’re assessing him. He has done well in training, I have to say, but he is a little bit behind because of his travelling and where they are in the MLS domestic league at the minute.

“We’ll assess overnight and tomorrow. We have to make the right decision because we haven’t brought him for one or two games but through to the end of the season and it’s about the right impact he can make.

“Perhaps he hasn’t had the match practice that keeps you up to speed. That is all part of the assessment but we only have him for a short period of time.”

As for Monday’s under-21 match, Hughton admitted: “Yes, there is a possibility he will play in that game.”

Kamara does not need to convince Hughton about his character, though.

“He is a very good individual. That stems from the fact he is not a 20, 21-year-old who hasn’t seen a fair amount of life and football,” he said.

“He has been involved in a lot of charity work away from football. The first time I met him he was receptive and you can tell he is a good character which tells me he will settle in here very quickly.

“On the football side, he certainly will have attributes that we can use. We’ll find that out over a period of time.

“We have four forward players in Grant Holt, Simeon Jackson and the two new lads that we would like to think are different type players. It gives us good scope and allows us have good combinations. For those who don’t start it gives us a good option off the bench.”

City have not beaten tomorrow’s opponents for 27 years, and have painful memories of a 5-0 hammering at Craven Cottage on the opening day of the season.

But Hughton said: “That is a long time ago and there have been a lot of games since. After that bad first day we find ourselves on level points with Fulham. It is a long season, nothing is determined or gauged on one performance. There have been a lot of changes since then for both teams and that is one game that is well and truly behind us.

“At the start of the season, would we have been happy having the points we have and in a position we are in now? I think probably the answer is yes.

“You learn lessons from every game and every defeat. We have had a couple of big ones and we have had to re-group and improve and get better. That generally is what we have done on most occasions. You certainly learn more from the big defeats.”

27 comments

  • Am also excited to see him in action. should be fit enough for the bench....after all if our subs come on they never seem to have to play more than 3 minutes do they?

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • just looked at guardian team line up for today and its completely wrong like showing chelseas game!!!!!!!!!!team sheet

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    johnty

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Richard.. Agreed.. with Johnson playing behind Hoolahan perhaps? We should at least play 4-4-2 and attack at home shouldn't we. I don't mind 4-5-1 away.

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    MancCanary

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Hope Kei gets to play tomorrow. I was just thinking too.. I wonder if his signing has *anything* to do with that US sports marketing firm City made a deal with?

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    MancCanary

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Mr Carrowisinthehouse I too remember that chelsea game in 73 was in the Barclay stand and i had never seen the fortress ever as foggy as that time ever.

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    yarco

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Many years ago on a Saturday in November I was sitting in a hotel room in New York wondering what the City score was when suddenly our game report popped up on the American news. I have no idea why. It did occur to me then that a couple of cleverly signed Yanks might boost our profile in the growing US "soccer" (sorry) market. 10 years on perhaps Aunt Delia's finally got the message !

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    Timbo

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • I`m not sure whether that comment was a tad cynical or just supremely perceptive, MancCanary! KK would seem to have charisma a-plenty. If he does produce the goods on the footy field, then the marketing angle could be fruitful. Did Ewan Chester go out there to find this (potential) jewel? Perhaps Timbo`s notion of green hair with the yellow beard is not so bad after all? Global Canaries! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • K-K-K-K-Kei Kamara. followed by GO Becchio! the chants need work but its a start.

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    MBA Marine

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Hope KK at least gets on the bench for the Fulham game, saw him play against DC United, he's not bad and I think worth a shot. Think we can get a good result against Fulham, I'm in a positive mood after my Ravens glorious victory in the superbowl despite the lights out fiasco.Reminded me of the 73 league cup semi against Chelski. I was watching from the old south stand when that huge bank of fog rolled over the river end. Legend has it that our own KK was left on the field only fpr Peter Osgood to emerge from the fog and tell him the game had been abandoned, any truth in this? OTBC

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • I'm not the cynical, conspiracy theory type Brewer, but the thought just popped into my head all of a sudden! Perhaps they helped with the deal though.. it would make sense that a sports marketing company would compile a list of players that would be marketable and raise profiles of clubs etc. But I hope he's just a good player that we've scouted!

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    MancCanary

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Go on Hughton pick a team to win the game. have some gonads man.

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    waclor

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Got censored over my suggestions to the manager and metaphorically growing part of his anatomy. But come on and pick a team to win tomorrow.

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    waclor

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • We desperately need some joyous football on the pitch. I`d even settle for sublime soccer! I hope we are not expecting too much of Kei. It`s inevitable, I suppose, while we`re being starved of entertaining play.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • CH is right not to rush him but it would be good to see him play. Got a good feeling about this guy. The opposition won't have much of an idea of what to expect from him. Seems to me that having this "wild card" in our team could work in our favour for the run-in. OTBC

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    CovCanary

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Rumour has it that Paul Lambert has pleaded guilty to driving Chris Huhne’s car when it was caught speeding!............He can’t think of any other way of getting 3 points!

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    baguio

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • I was in the river end at that game and it was a city player who told Kev the game was over, but couldn't make out who it was too foggy

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    cutty

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • I was in the Barclay for the Chelksi 73 game, was standing with the son of a local MP, best atmosphere and best ruck ever, seating killed football ground atmosphere

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • I remember the foggy Chelsea game also, though I can't remember whether it was that game or another where we started off in the unsegregated Barclay and ended up getting transferred to the South Stand to avoid the cheerful knife-wielding London thugs - at least some things have improved in football over 40 years.

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    SussexYellow

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Guys, how about Hoolahan out on the left, Fox in the middle with Johnson and Becchio up front with Holt? Would love to see it. Would need to ensure Bassong is 100% as it would leave us a bit lighter defensively in the midfield.

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • If Tettey is out there has to be a case for starting with Kamara, Hollahan, Holt, Becchio and Snodgrass, rip into Fulham and create some fear in other clubs if it comes off?

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Apparently the MLS fans are gutted he went and thought he was an incredible player, which I was unaware of until last week! He's very, very highly thought of over there and I suspect it reciprocates with Chris judging by his comments. Could be a decent signing afterall, that star-studded signing wont be for a little while yet, I'm starting to be optimistic about Kei.

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    Billy

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • just looked at guardian team line up for today and its completely wrong like showing chelseas game!!!!!!!!!!team sheet

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    johnty

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Am excited to see what special k can do for us! Other interesting news though, ilombe mboyo has made a statement that Norwich did actually make an offer for him, going against the staunch denial by McN! Oooooh!

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    wisemanthree

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • I'm not the cynical, conspiracy theory type Brewer, but the thought just popped into my head all of a sudden! Perhaps they helped with the deal though.. it would make sense that a sports marketing company would compile a list of players that would be marketable and raise profiles of clubs etc. But I hope he's just a good player that we've scouted!

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    MancCanary

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • For some reason Hoots doesn't seem to rate Fox , would like to see him more often as he offers so much & he can pass it about ( remember the ball to Jackson at Pompey ) . Doubt we'll see Special K playing or even on the bench .

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    mjc75

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • I'm not the cynical, conspiracy theory type Brewer, but the thought just popped into my head all of a sudden! Perhaps they helped with the deal though.. it would make sense that a sports marketing company would compile a list of players that would be marketable and raise profiles of clubs etc. But I hope he's just a good player that we've scouted!

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    MancCanary

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Am excited to see what special k can do for us! Other interesting news though, ilombe mboyo has made a statement that Norwich did actually make an offer for him, going against the staunch denial by McN! Oooooh!

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    wisemanthree

    Friday, February 8, 2013

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