Norwich City boss Chris Hughton delivers a mixed international fitness bulletin
PUBLISHED: 16:15 07 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:15 07 February 2013
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Norwich’s midfield duo Anthony Pilkington and Alex Tettey are ‘touch and go’ to face Fulham in Saturday’s Premier League encounter at Carrow Road.
City chief Chris Hughton confirmed on Thursday afternoon at Colney neither have trained following international withdrawals with hamstring and knee problems respectively. Pilkington was poised for his first cap with the Republic of Ireland for their 2-0 Dublin friendly win over Poland which saw team mate Wes Hoolahan open his goal account for the Irish. Tettey did not link up with Norway for their midweek game against Ukraine but Hughton revealed City’s medical staff will continue to monitor the pair’s fitness. England U21 defender Ryan Bennett did train on Thursday following his withdrawal from Stuart Pearce’s squad for the 4-0 win over Sweden’s U21s at Walsall.
Hughton delivered a clean bill of health on Norwich’s other international contingent with Hoolahan and Scottish pair Robert Snodgrass and Russell Martin back in Norfolk after midweek duty.
“All the boys who were away are fine and have reported in for training. It is normal that they come in today but they are all fit and available,” said Hughton. “Ryan’s injury was the lesser of the three other lads and he was able to do something today. Pilkington didn’t train today and neither did Alex Tettey. We are assessing them still but at this stage we certainly haven’t ruled them out for the weekend. Both will be touch and go.
New US-loan signing Kei Kamara also trained with his Norwich team mates for the first time today, but Hughton hinted Fulham’s weekend visit is likely to come too early for the Sporting Kansas City frontman.
“We’ll assess that overnight and tomorrow. We have to make the right decisions. We have not brought him for one or two games but to make an impact for the rest of the season,” he said. “We could perhaps throw him in but on the other side we have to do the right thing. He is here for a period of time.”