Norwich City manager Chris Hughton confirmed on Monday afternoon some of his fringe men will get a chance to impress in tomorrow’s League Cup second round home tie to Scunthorpe.

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Back up keeper Declan Rudd will start and fit-again midfielder David Fox is also in line to make a welcome return after missing City’s early Premier League action with a knee injury. Fellow midfielders Jacob Butterfield and Tom Adeyemi are stepping up their comebacks with a development outing at Bolton this afternoon. Hughton, however, does not expect to have received international clearance in time for recent signing Alexander Tettey to feature against the League One strugglers.

“We don’t think so. At this moment the clearance hasn’t come through and we are not expecting it to. Although it may be very, very close,” he said. “That is a shame because it would have been a good introduction for him to English football. He will of course then be available for the weekend. He is a high energy player in central midfield - more defensive than offensive and a player who can play a number of roles. He has played as a holding player in a three at club and international level. He played in a two as well last season in France. He has that experience of international football and he speaks good English. Even in the two days he has been here he has settled in well. He is a good lad and we think he will be a good asset.”

Hughton is looking forward to Fox’s return to add even further competition to a well-stocked midfield.

“He will be involved (tomorrow) and that is a boost for him,” said the City boss at Colney. “He has done it the right way by playing in two development games. He played the best part of 90 minutes the last time out so it is good to see him back. It was a shame he missed the start of pre-season because that of course is a time when you would have liked to involve him but overall we have done not too bad on the pre-season.

“Jacob is another on his way back. He is playing his first game today in a development game at Bolton this afternoon. He will play 45 minutes and that is really the maximum he should have and Tom Adeyemi is also playing in his first game back from injury.”

Hughton appeared to rule out any further additions to his defence and midfield ahead of this week’s transfer deadline on Friday night. The City boss could still be tempted into the market for a new striker – but scotched wilder speculation linking him with former England marksman and free agent Michael Owen.

“Wow. Not that I am aware of,” he said. “It is no surprise because at this stage of the window you get linked with lots of names that are not true. That is very much a new one to me. It is an area we are looking it to do something but that would have to be the right player.”

26 comments

  • Glad to see CH looking to "do something" in attack and that Owen is not in the frame. If it was pay as play deal and he was injured or didn't feature much, wouldn't add to the squad. Equally if he did play a lot of games and keep injury free, would be better off spending the wages elsewhere. Really hope we can get someone in before transfer window ends. Just the missing piece in an otherwise much improved squad.

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    you'l never beat the kenton

    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • Ye gods! Had to hyphenate the Iron to get thro`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • I second that about Barney,have allways been a bit worried about Ward's lack of pace,would like to see C Martin prove people wrong at this level as he is a local lad,but sadly dont know if he has quite got what it takes OTBC.

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    ncfcforever

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • It would be great to see Owen at city, what a coup that would be but I wouldn't read too much into the house in Newmarket rumours. Owen+Newmarket=lots of horse racing.

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    lordbesty

    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • I don't believe Owen would be a wise investment, or 1m on another GK. However, I am expecting to see one or two players move on this week. I see The Sun are reporting the Owls are interested in Barny (reportedly 2.75m). Before last Saturday, I would have taken it, but not now he after played so well along side Bassong. Rather see Ward go, along with C Martin.

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • I agree MB,Martin has a chance tonight all be it against a lower league side,if he delivers the goods i hope he would be given the chance in a league game,will have to wait and see OTBC

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    ncfcforever

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • I do think we need a proven goalscorer,i wouldn't have any problem seeing m owen on board if he helps to keep us up this season,the money we would recieve next season would give us a chance to buy a bit more quality next year

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    ncfcforever

    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • I would rather we didn't try to sign Michael Owen, as I feel his best days are behind him and would rather spend what's left in the 'transfer kitty' on someone who isn't injury prone of over 30.

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    Mr Ed

    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • The last time Michael Owen played at all regularly in the Prem he helped take Newcastle down into the Championship. His best days were behind him then, and that was three years ago. No thanks.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • seems to be a growing groundswell of opinion that would welcome michael owen to NCFC, This is not shared by me as an injury prone 32 year old is not what is needed . The wages alone over a season would probably pay for half of a striker on Huddersfields books, so go get Rhodes,take the plunge.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • have to agree i'd love to see M.Owen at the Club, have heard rumours he is looking to buy a property near Newmarket ... Why not go for him ? surely his wages could be met or a pay as play scheme. have him on the bench to play the last 20 mins of each game. Wot a signing he would be. IHWT

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    CanarySid

    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • Would seem that Prolix`s protectors have prevented my participation. So unusual.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • Owen is not a good idea. He`s a great injury prone racehorse owner. End of.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • Sweet-oiled X2. Agree ref Barney, cdu. G`Day!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • While Owen would bring vast amounts of PL experience, signing him would be counter-productive. He has a very poor injury record and has lost the pace that made him such a wanted striker (he was never the same after he left Liverpool) and it's pace that we need. It's a shame as I have always liked Owen and would like to see him don a City shirt but, due to his injury record and lack of pace mentioned earlier, he would not be the right kind of player for us.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • I can't believe there is even such debate and people think there was ever or even worse still is material in this. It would just never, ever happen, for so many reasons. You'd have to be bonkers to think it would ever materialise.

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    Billy

    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • No, MBA, it only means it`s the end of my own consideration of the matter. I have no wish to disturb the wishes of others. Apologies if my comment seemed terse, it was a result of it being my 5th attempt to get thro`! Each effort got terser than the one before. The original was quite benign and resembled what kenton & wivenhoebudgie said. Btw, on BBC Gossip Column it seems that the Bunn the Goalkeeeper matter is still alive - £1million. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • Chris has another little chance tonight, ncfcforever, versus Scun-thorpe. Trouble is, in a totally changed team and against the bottom L1 club, it`ll be hard to draw conclusions? All he can do is... his best!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • Owen wouldn't be my first choice for a striker, but looking back at Saturday with all those chances missed, Owen would have at least put a couple away as he is a natural born striker.

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    ImDrunky

    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • Echo your sentiments ref Barney, cdu. I`ve tended to defend Ward `cos of his injury impaired last season but did like the look of Barney @ Champ level (Ward, too). He was solid v QPR. I think C. Martin will have to go eventually and Lapps - he looks like a fringe player here and he`s more than capable of doing a job elsewhere. Good man. I wonder what the future holds for Korey & Tom? The goalie thing perplexes me. IHWMT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • Hope the news he is looking keeps the moaners quiet. I for one will not be surprised though if no addition was made. Not for the fact that we don't need one, because clearly we do, but I do not see us having the money for a top quality striker with what we have already spent this summer. For everyone still going on about Rhodes, if anything was going to happen there it would have happened when they took Vaughan.

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    ads76

    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • Chris has another little chance tonight, ncfcforever, versus Scunthorpe. Trouble is, in a totally changed team and against the bottom L1 club, it`ll be hard to draw conclusions? All he can do is... his best!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • 4 or 5 years ago would`ve been good, CovCan, but we could never have afforded him then anyway. Or even now? My abiding memory of him is the hat-trick he got in that 5-1 thrashing of Germany. For that I`ll be eternally grateful and Michael has a special place in my heart for that alone. (I think I got the factual bits there right?). He`d certainly be able to mentor younger players, but is is heart really in football or the Sport of Kings?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • I can't really see Michael Owen ever playing for us, but, a pay-per-play contract would be the only way for someone like him.

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, August 27, 2012

  • Mm...let's try again...Although Owen would bring vast amounts of PL experience, he lacks the pace that we need. Also, he is too injury-prone so signing him would be counter-productive. Shame as I would like to see him in a Norwich shirt.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • Brewer: End of? are you saying end of your comment or are you making the decision that no one else's view is welcome?

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, August 27, 2012

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