Chris Hughton will have no fears throwing back-up keeper Mark Bunn into the Premier League spotlight at Southampton if John Ruddy is ruled out with a thigh injury.

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The Canaries’ chief confirmed yesterday he would make a final decision ahead of the midweek away game following the results of Ruddy’s medical scan, after the England international was substituted in the closing stages of the 1-1 draw at Everton.

Bunn’s spot kick heroics at home to Tottenham recently helped clinch a Capital One Cup quarter-final tie against Aston Villa next month and Hughton insists City would be in safe hands at St Mary’s.

“We would have no worries at all about bringing in Mark,” he said. “When we brought him in originally that was the exact reason, because of his experience, which allows the two youngsters we have here to go out and get some games, like Jed (Steer) has done for a period of time and Dec (Rudd) of course at some stage can hopefully get a similar valuable experience. Whether John plays really depends on the scan. He is reasonably sore at the moment. We certainly wouldn’t want to rule anything out until we know for definite. I think you would have to say at this particular moment there is a doubt, but we haven’t given up any hope. It was sore enough for him to come off although we are hoping it is not too bad. I think it is one where he could have possibly continued but we felt we weren’t in a position to take a chance.”

Michael Turner is definitely ruled out of the south coast trip with a damaged shoulder, and Hughton indicated yesterday the centre-back is unlikely to return before Sunday’s televised Premier League test against his former club Sunderland. On the positive side, Hughton is able to count on the versatility of fit-again defender Russell Martin.

“Russell has trained very well and the good thing about his injury was he was still able to do a fair amount of cardio-vascular work and that has kept his levels up,” he said. “I think with Russell and Steven Whittaker you have got flexible players. Steven has arguably played in a few more different positions than Russell, but you need in every squad two or three of those type of players. He will be very valuable to us.

“Michael certainly won’t make Wednesday and probably not Sunday either. We don’t know how long exactly he will be out. The good news is that it won’t be for a sustained period. It really will be about how comfortable he is to play with it and his pain threshold. At the minute it is still too sore. It will certainly be weeks rather than a longer period.”

City’s latest Premier League test at Southampton will also be notable for the return of referee Mark Clattenburg after the official was cleared last week of racially abusing Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel.

“I think everybody in the game is delighted to see him back,” said Hughton. “He is someone who I have met on a few occasions and he has a real passion for what he does. He is an excellent referee and I think it is pleasing to see him back and I believe he will get a good reception. He is back doing what he does best.”

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  • now i'll probably get another email for duplication.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • shock horror etc . City put Declan Rudd on the bench for wednesdays game. Still cant see why he doesnt play, or have I missed something in MB ? Ryan Bennett in for Michael Turner ,sound decision.Two goal win for City.submitted but got error 503 so on second submission expect it to appear twice.!!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Sad ol` b*****d that I am, I`ve been on Wiki. JR is 6` 4" and Bunny is "only" 6` 0". I wonder if he has longer arms than JR`s to make up for it? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • The "Who sold JR?" plot thickens. Like Sussex & bluelight, I think it makes sense of the Bunn purchase. We want more than £8million for JR though! I hope he does not go, but these things happen. Glad Benno the Younger is getting a chance - with Big Bass as his mentor he should come on well. A bit like Chris Martin didn`t with the mighty Holt as his mentor......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • might have to get used to seeing bunny in goal,rumour is he is off to the gunners in january for eight million.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Was at the last 2 league cup games and although much was made of the pen save against Spurs, thought his general performances were pretty good. Looked capable but also vocal. Going to be a tough game regardless Wednesday. Everything crossed.

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    Barry Rasberry

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • I wouldn't care if Bunn was 60 stone, as long as he stops Southampton from scoring! But then again, if he were 60 stone that would probably make it impossible for the opposition to score in the first place! *makes mental note*

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    wisemanthree

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • should have read jr is off to the gunners.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • I think the purchase of Bunn starts to make sense, I said a while back the only reason I could see was if we were going to unload JR in January for loads of money. It's much easier to buy a reserve goalie at a good price than to buy a first choice one when you have just sold yours. Prices would go up. This way at least we might have some spare cash for a proven goalscorer. Time will tell .......

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    SussexYellow

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Or (the original) Ronaldo!

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    wisemanthree

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Surely not the Barry Raspbery of Trent Poly, near, infamy circa 1981-1986. Tw@t and guess who!

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    ScotCan

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Quick, get John Hartson in goal.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Chunky-looking chappy, our Mark. Or is it the choice of sportswear? Black seems to have a slimming effect on Holty but Mark is built like a brick outhouse. Or is it down to funny photography? He`ll be fine and at least he gets some games.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Good idea to get the ref onside before KO!

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Nice words about Clattenburg, Chris. I think you may even mean them.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • shock horror etc . City put Declan Rudd on the bench for wednesdays game. Still cant see why he doesnt play, or have I missed something in MB ? Ryan Bennett in for Michael Turner ,sound decision.Two goal win for City

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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