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Norwich City midfielder Alexander Tettey will miss Week 25 and 26 after earning his 10th yellow card of the season in Tuesday's loss to Spurs.

Without Tettey, expect manager Alex Neil to throw a few different players at filling the hole in central midfield. Gary O'Neil returns from suspension and Youssuf Mulumbu has been lining up alongside Tettey in recent weeks. Vadis Odjidia-Ofoe and Jonny Howson are also options in midfield while Graham Dorrans has been ruled out for the weekend due to illness. Unless you play in a league that values defensive statistics, it's best to stay away from the central midfield anyway, especially now that Tettey is out.
Source: Daily Mail
Feb 5 - 9:13 AM

Manager Alex Neil confirmed members of the club have been fighting off the flu this week as the Norwich City midfield has taken the hardest hit.

Midfielders Robbie Brady and Graham Dorrans missed the midweek match against Tottenham due to illness and Neil said that Dorrans will also miss the weekend clash with Aston Villa. However, the manager said he was hopeful that Brady will recover in time for a critical match between relegation candidates as Alexander Tettey will also be absent for the next two games after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season on Tuesday. Martin Olsson filled in for Brady at left-back, but it's a bit of a toss-up this weekend on who will start. It looks best to stay away from the pair as Norwich's defense has been in flux since adding some new faces during the transfer window.
Feb 5 - 8:58 AM

Norwich City were no match for Tottenham as they left plenty of space for the visitors to operate, handing the Canaries a 0-3 loss.

After a heartbreaking defeat to Liverpool last time out, this match wasn't close and their attack not nearly as threatening. Steven Naismith, who scored on his Norwich debut, came close on 52 minutes, flicking on a cross from Matt Jarvis, but just missed wide. They looked to have scored when Hugo Lloris saved a shot later by Naismith, with the rebound put back in by Seb Bassong, but the defender was offside. The Canaries could drop into the relegation zone if Newcastle win tomorrow and, with the many signings made by the Magpies, it may be only a matter of time before Norwich are sitting in the bottom three.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 2 - 5:11 PM

Norwich City announced that Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford has joined the club on loan through the end of the season after returning from his loan at Crystal Palace.

The 22-year-old was the Championship Player of the Year last season while on loan at Middlesbrough after scoring 17 goals, but lost to Norwich in the promotion playoff. Now he joins the Canaries after a disappointing loan spell at Crystal Palace that saw him make only six Premier League appearances without netting a single goal. Norwich have already added Steven Naismith in the current transfer window while losing Lewis Grabban, but Bamford won't be a shoe-in to start as he will have to compete with Cameron Jerome and Dieumerci Mbokani at the forward position.
Jan 30 - 6:41 PM

Steven Naismith scored in his debut and drew a foul that gave Norwich City another goal from the penalty spot, but Liverpool managed to out-slug the Canaries in the latter stages to defeat them 4-5 at Carrow Road.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Norwich. They gave up the opener but responded brilliantly when Dieumerci Mbokani converted a clever back heel goal to level the score. Norwich scored two more after that, as Naismith got his debut strike, running onto a Wes Hoolahan pass. He then drew a foul in the box to allow Hoolahan to convert from the spot to make it 3-1. Things began to go sour after that though. The defense turned off to allow the Reds to score just a minute later. Firmino would level the score with his second goal of the game. Then, a terrible back pass by Russell Martin allowed James Milner a 1 on 1 attempt against Declan Rudd and Milner won the battle to give Pool the lead. In injury time, Seb Bassong struck from distance to put Norwich in position to earn a draw, but Pool would break their hearts with a goal in the dying moments. Positive displays from the attack with Naismith in the mix, but clearly the defense has much to improve.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 23 - 10:11 AM

Norwich City finally has its man after officially announcing the transfer of Everton forward Steven Naismith in an £8 million move on Tuesday.

Everton and Naismith rejected a move to Norwich at the beginning of the season, but Naismith said he was swayed by how much the club wanted him. The forward had not played much for the Toffees this season with the exception of four straight Premier League starts after scoring a hat-trick as a first-half substitute against Chelsea in September. Since October, Naismith has only made one appearance as a substitute in the Premier League. But that looks to change this weekend as Norwich City face Liverpool with Naismith declaring himself ready to make his debut against his former Merseyside rivals: "I'm expecting to go straight into the training. The manager will obviously have his thoughts for the game and hopefully I'm involved in some respect."
Jan 20 - 9:56 AM

Norwich City dropped its second game of the week with a dismal showing at the Vitality Stadium in a 3-0 loss to Bournemouth.

The Canaries gave up three goals in each of their games this week, struggling to match the strength of Bournemouth through the day. Norwich trailed after the first 10 minutes, failing to mark Dan Gosling in the box for Bournemouth's first goal. After halftime, Vadis Odjidia-Ofoe lazily brought down Marc Pugh to give Bournemouth a penalty kick, which Charlies Daniels sent off the post and in to double the lead. By the final 15 minutes, Norwich could do nothing to stop the onslaught as Benik Afobe got in between defenders for the final tally. Without the suspended Gary O'Neil, the Canaries turned to Matt Jarvis, who earned his first start in 11 weeks after coming back from a knee injury.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 16 - 12:52 PM

Norwich City will have to make due without central midfielder Gary O'Neil as his straight red card against Stoke City incurs a three-match ban.

The midfielder was involved in a needless challenge on Ibrahim Afellay on Wednesday, sending him off in just the 20th minute of play of a 3-1 loss. But manager Alex Neil said there are plenty of options waiting to come into the fold: "We've got other guys who are waiting for an opportunity, so it allows one of them to come back into the team and see what they can do." Those options include Youssuf Mulumbu, Graham Dorrans and moving Jonny Howson to central midfielder alongside Alexander Tettey to make room for Matt Jarvis or Nathan Redmond on the wing.
Jan 15 - 7:34 AM

The Canaries fall 3-1 to Stoke City after a Gary O'Neil red card leaves them shorthanded for 70 minutes.

Gary O'Neil ran halfway across the pitch to scissor tackle Ibrahim Afellay near the midfield sideline in the 20th minute. He was rightly sent off which made an already difficult task, taking anything from a good Stoke City side, that much harder. They held out for about 25 minutes but conceded a Jon Walters goal on the brink of halftime and then, after equalizing, they conceded two more to drop the three points to their hosts.
Jan 13 - 5:25 PM

Norwich City's Matt Jarvis will have the chance to make his first appearance for the club in Wednesday's match against Stoke since becoming a permanent buy last month.

Norwich decided to turn his loan deal into a permanent one on Christmas Eve, right in the middle of Jarvis' injury spell. The former West Ham man has missed the last two months after suffering a knee injury in the first week of November, but is now on the bench to face Stoke City on Wednesday. Meanwhile, manager Alex Neil confirmed new signing Ivo Pinto will not make his club debut as the former Dinamo Zagreb defender needs to build up fitness after returning from a winter break.
Jan 13 - 2:40 PM

Norwich City winger Matt Jarvis has already passed the two-month mark in his recovery from injury, but manager Alex Neil said the club will wait as long as Jarvis needs to fully recover.

Said Neil: "To be honest he was really touch and go, but we've waited nine to ten weeks to get him ready so the last thing I want to do is rush him back." Jarvis has missed the last nine Premier League matches as he recovers from injury. But his absence did not stop the club from turning his loan from West Ham into a permanent deal last month. With Jarvis still out, Neil confirmed that midfielder Tony Andreu returned from his loan at Rotherham United and was placed in the team for the club's FA Cup match against Manchester City on Saturday.
Jan 9 - 10:13 AM

Norwich City officially announced the sale of Elliot Bennett to Championship side Blackburn Rovers once the player returned from his loan.

The 27-year-old midfielder only made two Capital One Cup appearances for the club this season before being loaned out to Bristol City, where he made 15 appearances. The transfer ends the Jamaican international's four-and-a-half-year association with the club, in which he made 33 appearances during his first year with the Canaries in the Premier League.
Jan 8 - 2:28 PM

Crystal Palace announced Patrick Bamford has cancelled his season-long loan at the club and will return to parent club Chelsea after more than five months in south London.

Bamford expressed his frustration following the club's 0-0 draw with Swansea City in Week 19: "This was my last game for Palace. f I were being honest, it has been terrible. No one wants to sit on the bench and not play." Despite a series of injuries on the front-line, Bamford still didn't see a start in the Premier League for the Eagles, making only six league appearances this season. However, Bournemouth and Swansea City are among multiple clubs reportedly interested in taking the 22-year-old on loan for the remainder of the season.
Jan 7 - 10:47 AM

Norwich City took three crucial points to pull six away from the relegation zone in a 1-0 home win against Southampton thanks to an Alexander Tettey goal.

The Norwegian scored his second goal of the season (both in the last four matches) after connecting on a cross from Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe in the 76th minute. The match-winner came just minutes after Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama was sent off for receiving his second yellow card of the match. The Norwich defense has now recorded more clean sheets in the last week than in the previous 18 matches with its second straight shutout, continuing with Robert Brady at left-back and Martin Olsson starting on the bench before coming on as a second-half sub.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 2 - 12:40 PM

Norwich City manager Alex Neil confirmed Andre Wisdom will be fit to face Southampton after missing the last three matches due to a hamstring injury.

Wisdom has missed the last three Premier League matches with the injury after starting the previous five matches at right-back. But Wisdom will face a fight to regain his spot with Ryan Bennett and Russell Martin starting and coming off a clean sheet over the weekend against Aston Villa. With the exception of Matt Jarvis, who is set to return soon from a knee injury, Neil said the club is returning to full health: "All of the lads came through the Aston Villa match relatively fine and did some training this morning, so they're all ready for the game."
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 06:03:00 PM


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