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HUGHTON ON MAN CITY

31 October 2013

Manager gives injury update ahead of Etihad visit

CHRIS Hughton says he will assess the condition of Robert Snodgrass and Nathan Redmond on Friday before making a decision on their possible selection for Saturday’s trip to Manchester City.

Both were taken off in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup defeat with concussion and a hip muscle injury respectively, and but City’s boss has refused to rule either out for the weekend – but he did confirm that Alex Tettey will miss out.

“We’ll see on Robert, we’ll make sure we make the right decision. We know what the facts are – he was released late on Tuesday night and he’s fine, but we need to make sure he’s recovered sufficiently,” he said.

“Nathan felt a muscle just above his right hip, so we just have to see how that recovers over the next couple of days. There’s a doubt over both of them, but we’re not ruling either of them out.

“Alex will be out though. He took a whack to an area just above his ankle, and we’ll find out over the next couple of days how long that injury will be but we don’t expect it to be a short time.”

Hughton is keen to touch on memories from the final day of last season, when the Canaries finished the campaign in style with a 3-2 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

“It was a really good occasion and a great performance and result, and of course it allowed us to climb up four or five places in the division,” he added.

“It’s exciting as it’s one of the best places to play. You’re playing against the best players in the division, and that’s a situation you always want the players to look forward to.

“You’re always looking for plusses and ways in which the team can be motivated. We know our performances haven’t been bad, but we haven’t had the points to go with our performances. That’s the reality.

“Nobody will deny that it’s a tough ask but you’ve got to go there and be delighted by the challenge, and you’ve got to be excited by it too.”


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