Norwich City boss Chris Hughton urges caution over Leroy Fer hamstring injury blow

Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer has been ruled out of the trip to Aston Villa with a hamstring injury. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer has been ruled out of the trip to Aston Villa with a hamstring injury. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, February 28, 2014
3:05 PM

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insists reports Leroy Fer’s hamstring injury will keep him out for the rest of the Premier League season are ‘wide of the mark’.

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Hughton confirmed at Colney on Friday the Dutch international will miss Sunday’s televised trip to Aston Villa after damaging his hamstring in training on Thursday. Fer will be assessed fully by City’s medical staff over the next 48 hours before Hughton is prepared to offer a firm timeline on how long the powerful midfielder will be absent.

Hughton was prepared to dismiss one report Fer is set to miss the next ‘six to 10 weeks’, which would effectively cut short a debut season where he had been an influential figure at Carrow Road.

“No that is wild speculation. That is wide of the mark,” he said. “The injury only happened yesterday so we are using today and tomorrow to assess it. We’ll certainly be able to give a clearer picture in the next few days but anybody coming up with periods of time has to be unfounded because at this particular moment we don’t know ourselves. It is a big blow because of the timing going into these last 11 games or so of the season, but we are not going to rush and try to assess it today in terms of how long he can be out.

“You can take an initial diagnosis and then when it settles down it is better news. When we know for definite and we have that knowledge ourselves we will share it.”

Jonny Howson comes back into contention after his 60 minute midweek development outing following a two-month lay-off with a back complaint. Central defender Ryan Bennett has also been passed fit for Villa Park following a thigh injury, but Michael Turner (hamstring), Jonas Gutierrez (calf) and Elliott Bennett (knee) remain sidelined.

“As much as it is a disappointment for Leroy it is an opportunity for someone else,” said Hughton. “We have a competitive squad at the moment. Not just with Jonny coming back, but Alex (Tettey) and Wes (Hoolahan) is another option. We have players coming back to fitness and that is why you want that. Michael Turner, Elliott Bennett and Jonas Gutierrez are still out but Ryan Bennett is back now fit and that is a real plus for us.”

24 comments

  • I have been looking forward to Tettey, Fer and Howson back together again for most of the season, so this is a disappointing injury, That said Johnson is hard to drop on recent performances.. I think Howson is best choice to play in front of Fer and Johnson and could bring our wingers into play more in more dangerous areas on the edge of the area (where wrong footed wingers are much more dangerous).... whereas Wes always tends to look for the ball more through the centre

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    jops

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • If he IS fit, I think Howson will be a better option in the hole than Fer, who in my opinion tends to lie a little deep. In saying this, I recognise that this may place a little more of an onus on Johnson and Tettey. BUT.....there is an old football saying.....It is easier to defend in your opponents final third, than your own!! Go for it Jonno!

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Modoriyo, Howson scored the winner at Stoke and another at the Emirates. He knows where the goal is. Let's hope he can find it at the Villa. I'm not convinced we'll create many chances with the wingers on the wrong side of the pitch as usual so we'll need someone who can find the net.

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    Double D

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Hughton is the Master of in-game creative thinking. I`ll now just sign The Happy Clappers` Loyalty Oath. OTBC!! IHIT!!! WALOB!!!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I disagree Howson is more defensive. He just throws himself about more. Wes was on for 5 minutes against Spurs and was instrumental in breaking down a Spurs attack on the edge of our area before turning 2 players to spread the play to Hooper to the other end and we almost got a second. Howson for me has always looked a bit of a hit or miss player. Goes missing in some games and I wouldn't drop him right in the starting line up. Wes is raring to go and I say the last thing Villa would be expecting is an attack minded team. As for Fer, he plays everywhere but I feel the Hughton tactics are more the reason for his positional play than his personal choice... Speedy recovery either way.

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    danpez

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Pulitzer Prize for Prosaicness presented pronto. Nice One. Sorry to state the obvious. I`m now dashing down the local hostelry for a bit of numerical safety. OTBC!!. IHIT!!!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • As far as whether to play Howson or Hoolahan, I'd say Howson, as Lambert only had six months with him, as opposed to Hoolahan whose play he knows inside out.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Stand by for this afternoon's announcements from Baskerville Hall. Stop press: Lambert denies Delia had him in a half nelson or that MacNally had threatened to suspend him from the ceiling in an attempt to emulate Rodin's 'The Chandelier'.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Eerie. Earlier this week I suggested bringing in Howson for Fer as the only change to last weeks promising performance. I think Howson in that hole behind the striker could well help solve our goal shortage. But, will it be Hooper or RVW upfront....?

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    zebbee

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • What a load of ethering from Archie. I only wanted to sign Ghana Dom`s Mandatory Loyalty Oath. ITBC!! IHIT!!!! I got my mind right, Boss. Please don`t hit me any more.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • what a load of b------- from dampez

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    bluelight

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • A real shame for Fer but at least that solves the dilemma of whether the same team should start on Sunday as started against Spurs. CH can mix it about a bit now. Will be interesting to see if he starts with Howson who must lack a bit of match fitness. I guess he's got the advantage of seeing him train so he'll know better than us if he's up to it.

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    Flying Canary

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • So disappointing to see Fer ruled out with a training ground injury, lets all hope he is back very quickly as the club always seems to take too long sorting such problems out these days. I would suggest half a game each between Howson and Wes in the hole. Possibly start with Howson as he helps the defence out slightly more than Wes but I think the change should be made early in the second half rather than with 5 minutes to go.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • I find it hard to agree with Hughton - we rarely have short term injuries here. Hope I'm wrong. As he says it gives JH a start and it's one less sub conundrum for him to fathom. Which has to be a bonus. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Sunday is not about who replaces Leroy although this is an interesting talking point. It is about getting the 3 points and putting 11 players on the field who are totally committed to getting 2 consecutive victories for NCFC. Players properly focused on achieving this can collect all 3 points and then all the other issues will fall into place. Villa's home record is awful, as has been said previously on this board and I hope that we are able to learn from past mistakes and thereby improve our competence as a team. It matters little that Villa's manager used to be at Carrow Road either. At this point in the season it is patently obvious that the board are sticking with CH and therefore the job of supporters is to support and we all need to get behind the collective that is NCFC until we reach numerical safety.

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    NICEONE

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • TK, I know you are a football man, so I'm surprised you are already suggesting that changes should be made early in the second half for Wes to come on for Howson. Changes only need to be made depending on how the game is going. And if that means we leave the play as it is and only change it 5 minutes to time, then that is what we need to do. Dont want to change it early in second half if we are 1 nil up and still holding our own, do we? Goes without saying that if we are not great, then subs early in second half is good idea, but it should only be made depending on how the game is going and only if it will add value. OTBC!! IHIT!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • What a load of ethering from Archie. I only wanted to sign Ghana Dom`s Mandatory Loyalty Oath. ITBC!! IHIT!!!! I got my mind right, Boss. Please don`t hit me any more.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Wait and see. I thought it was ridiculous that the reports were saying six to ten weeks yesterday before he'd even had a scan.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • once more i question our training methods.so many injuries in training.

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    bluelight

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • I'd play Wes. Not a single assist or goal from Howson this season and we don't need more defensive cover.

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    midoriyo

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • It's an omen. Hoolahan to score the winner.

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    DaveG

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Eerie. Earlier this week I suggested bringing in Howson for Fer as the only change to last weeks promising performance. I think Howson in that hole behind the striker could well help solve our goal shortage. But, will it be Hooper or RVW upfront....?

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    zebbee

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Losing Fer is a blow but CH has options. As regards the Villa game the loss of one player concerns me less than how the team is fired up. We could do with some mind games. CH has to get it across that Lambert is not the special one. Villa have an appalling home record where their current home form is worse than our away form (just). I read on another board that Lambert gets really fired up when against his old clubs (in the Prem, that's us). It's time to counter that with some old fashioned rabble rousing passion in the dressing room to make sure his former players are not daunted by the presence of a man who has not lived up to his reputation at a bigger club (Mike Walker, Everton, John Bond, Man C). And that goes for the fans. No polite applause as he walks by. He hates us now as showed last season when he said he didn't care what happened to Norwich.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • NiceOne, a headmaster could not have put it better at morning assembly. Meanwhile Brewer's been watching too many movies, viz "12 Years a Norwich City Supporter". It's gone to his head. He's now swearing allegiance to Ipswich Town Borough Council....good luck with that one. (Gek as a box of frogs).

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