Roeder: I've had no calls about Huckerby

Chris Lakey Norwich City may lose two more players this week - but Darren Huckerby is unlikely to be leaving, despite more speculation linking him with a move to North America.

Chris Lakey

Norwich City may lose two more players this week - but Darren Huckerby is unlikely to be leaving, despite more speculation linking him with a move to North America.

Weekend speculation suggested Huckerby was on his way to Toronto FC, where former Canaries team-mates Carl Robinson and Jim Brennan play.

But City boss Glenn Roeder said yesterday he had received no inquiries for the 31-year-old winger - although others had been the subject of loan inquiries.


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"No one has phoned me up," said Roeder. "This is the time of year for speculation. I have not heard anything at all, nothing whatsoever.

"The way the system works quite often now the managers at the club are the last people to hear. The days of ringing up the manager first and asking whether a player is available are nearly shot to pieces, nearly gone.

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"I think a lot of people do deals around the back door, and then ring the manager and club to see what the possibilities are of moving players on, but I have heard nothing. I have had no phone calls from anywhere in this country or anywhere in Canada, or the world."

Roeder has received inquiries for two players, one of whom is likely to have been striker Ryan Jarvis, but says nothing will happen until new faces are brought in.

Reports have linked Jarvis with a return to Leyton Orient, where he spent time on loan last season.

"I think Ryan in particular needs to be playing first team football if he is going to get his career going and whether we can offer that to him or not remains to be seen," said Roeder.

Huckerby could be left out of tonight's trip to Southampton after an injection last Wednesday to try and solve his hip injury.

Roeder said: "When I had a chat with him the week before last and asked him how he felt he was doing and playing he said it was causing him a bit of a problem so that's when I decided the best thing I could do was withdraw him from action and get it seen to," said Roeder. "If we have to wait a few more days we'll wait a few more days."

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