Player News - Norwich City

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The decision to leave Ryan Bennett out of the team sheet may have boggled fans and fantasy managers alike, but Alex Neil confirmed there was ample reason.

The Norwich City manager said Bennett had been sick in the week leading up to Saturday's 1-0 loss to Arsenal, and, despite training on Friday, wasn't available to face the Gunners: "We were hoping he was going to be involved. He did a bit of training on Friday, the first he'd done in a week, but he took a bad reaction when we were trying to get him ready, and he wasn't ready." Without Bennett, the Canaries defense held up fairly well with Sebastien Bassong paired up with Russell Martin while Ivo Pinto started at right back in the absence of Andre Wisdom and Timm Klose.
May 1 - 11:52 AM

Norwich City's survival hopes are now in serious danger after both Newcastle and Sunderland picked up points today while the Canaries lost to Arsenal, 1-0.

While Newcastle and Sunderland are playing their best football of the season using a very settled XI, Alex Neil continues to make several changes from match to match and none of the combinations are working. The Canaries had an opportunity to get a result in a tough fixture as Arsenal were not playing their best and the points look to be up for grabs after a goalless first half. Nathan Redmond carried their biggest threat throughout the day, but his finishing touch was not accurate. In general, it has been the lack of quality in the final third all season, whether it be service or finishing, that has been lacking for Norwich and may well doom them back to the Championship after a one year visit to the top flight.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 2:43 PM

Andre Wisdom and Timm Klose will not play any part in the Canaries relegation run-in after suffering serious knee injuries.

Wisdom has ended his loan spell at the club after the defender suffered a knee ligament injury during the dying moments of the game against Sunderland. "Andre is out for the remainder of the season," the Canaries boss told Norwich's YouTube channel. "He is away back to Liverpool now. He was a loan player, so there is no point in him hanging about here, he needs to go start his rehab there." Alex Neil also confirmed Swiss defender Timm Klose won't play again in 2015/16: "He isn't going to be right between now and the end of the season. We need to come to terms with that and move on. It's going to be a slow process for him."
Apr 30 - 11:53 AM

Norwich could be without two key defenders for the remainder of the campaign after Alex Neil confirmed Andre Wisdom and Timm Klose have suffered serious knee injuries.

Wisdom limped off with only minutes remaining against Sunderland leaving the Canaries a man down and they took full advantage to secure a well-deserved 3-0 win. "We ended up with 10 men because Andre looked like he had hurt the ligament in his knee. Pretty much from that move breaking down they scored the third," revealed the Norwich boss. Alex Neil also suggested that Klose would "struggle" to play again this season due to a similar injury. Russell Martin (illness) is expected to return to the match day squad while January signing Ivo Pinto can also provide defensive cover. Norwich do not play again until game week thirty-six -- an away trip to Arsenal -- and if results go against them, the Canaries will find themselves back in the relegation zone.
Apr 18 - 7:06 AM

Alex Neil says Timm Klose will ‘struggle’ to play again this season after further tests confirmed the Swiss defender had damaged knee ligaments.

On Friday the Canaries boss revealed: "Timm Klose has been wrapped up in cotton wool this week and hasn't done much, but we hope he can play tomorrow." However, the January signing from Wolfsburg failed to make the match day squad and it was was his replacement - Seb Bassong - who was at fault for the second goal. The defender lost out to Jan Kirchhoff, he fed Fabio Borini whose quality cross was converted by Jermain Defoe from six yards. Norwich now have two weeks to regroup and if they’re going to stay up then they’ll have to do it the hard way.
Apr 16 - 11:24 AM

Norwich City had a chance to distance themselves from relegation in front of the home crowd but they took a bad loss at the hands of Sunderland today in a 0-3 final.

Alex Neil elected to keep attacking threats Nathan Redmond and Wes Hoolahan out of the Starting XI and the move seemed to have backfired. While the Canaries enjoyed much of the possession, they seemed short on ideas in the final third. What chances they did create, Vito Mannone came up big to thwart them. Andre Wisdom had a forgettable day as he fouled Fabio Borini to give Sunderland a penalty which resulted in the opening goal. He would then limp off with an injury late on and the Black Cats added another while Norwich were down to ten men. The Canaries had a period in the second half where they threatened to score, with Redmond and Hoolahan brought in as substitutes, but they came away empty. Now one point ahead of Sunderland, the pressure is on for the final relegation spot.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 16 - 9:50 AM

Norwich City is waiting on the status of defender Timm Klose ahead of this weekend's relegation showdown with Sunderland.

The Swiss center-back was taken off on a stretcher against Crystal Palace last weekend with a knee injury, but manager Alex Neil said the club hopes to have him back for the weekend: "Timm will be a last minute call. He's not done a great deal this week, however he's in great nick and he's played a lot of games for us since he's been here. It's just a case of wrapping him up in cotton wool and seeing if we can get him out on the pitch on Saturday." Neil also confirmed that defender Russell Martin is fit after missing the last two games with a knock while Ryan Bennett is expected to keep his place along the back-line.
Apr 15 - 1:35 PM

The loss of Swiss defender Timm Klose to a knee injury only served to compound matters as Norwich slumped to their first Premier League defeat in four at Crystal Palace.

Klose landed awkwardly as he challenged Dwight Gayle during a tense first half. The January signing from Wolfsburg signalled immediately to the bench and he was stretchered off on 40 minutes. Post-match Alex Neil confirmed: "Timm Klose is on crutches as a precaution. We will assess it tomorrow but it was a blow for us. The fact he was able to go back on and put weight through it - we hope - is a good sign." Norwich sit four points above Sunderland in 17th place but the Black Cats – who face Leicester on Sunday – now have two games in hand.
Apr 9 - 1:33 PM

Norwich City saw its two-match winning streak end as Crystal Palace ended its 14-match winless streak in a 1-0 result at Selhurst Park.

The Canaries had taken seven points from their last three Premier League matches after losing three straight, but Alex Neil's men could not stay in form against the desperate Eagles. Neil made no changes from the side's epic 3-2 win against Newcastle last weekend, but was forced into a change in the 40th minute after defender Timm Klose was taken off on a stretcher due to a knee injury. Seb Bassong filled in as Russell Martin didn't make the team sheet despite being passed fit earlier this week. The club managed 13 shots but couldn't overcome Jason Puncheon's 68th-minute goal that proved to be the match-winner.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 9 - 12:18 PM

Norwich City is hoping to have its captain back for a critical game in the relegation crunch for Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace.

Russell Martin missed last weekend's epic 3-2 win against Newcastle United due to a knock but manager Alex Neil said the longtime Norwich defender is back to training with the club ahead of the weekend: "Russell should be fine. He's done a couple of days work with us and he should be ok for the game." Martin should be expected to start in place of Andre Wisdom, who replaced him last week, while Ryan Bennett could also make way in the starting XI. Meanwhile, Neil also said Nathan Redmond is fit to start after returning early from an ankle injury last week.
Apr 8 - 3:38 PM

Norwich City earned a massive three points over relegation rival Newcastle thanks to a 93rd-minute goal from Martin Olsson in a 3-2 win.

The Canaries blew two leads in the match, which started with defender Timm Klose scoring his first goal for the club off a Robbie Brady set-piece in the first half. After Newcastle equalized, Norwich City answered right back minutes later with a stunning strike from Dieumerci Mbokani in the 74th minute. But a Gary O'Neil handball inside the box in the 86th minute gifted Newcastle with a penalty kick that Aleksandar Mitrovic silenced into the bottom corner for what seemed to be the final blow. But three minutes into stoppage time, Olsson hit the winner after taking a pass from Jonny Howson at the edge of the box to give Norwich a four-point from the bottom three.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 2 - 12:16 PM

Norwich City officially announced Kyle Lafferty has joined Birmingham City on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Northern Irishman was desperate to find a way out of his Norwich nightmare after making only three appearances for the senior side this season. Despite being one of the goalscoring leaders in European competition, Lafferty's place in the summer's European championships was at stake due to his lack of playing time. The Championship club is currently six points behind the final playoff spot (sixth place) with a game in hand and Lafferty's loan includes any potential playoff matches.
Mar 24 - 7:02 PM

Robbie Brady returned from a calf injury in time to give Norwich City the only goal they would need to grab three massive points in a 0-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Certainly not the marquee match of the weekend, but don't tell that to Norwich supporters as the Canaries win for the first time since the day after New Year's Day. It was not a pretty performance but the three points lifts them, for now, out of the relegation zone. After both sides showed some threat in the opening twenty minutes, the match slowed down considerably after Dieumerci Mbokani went to ground for a few minutes of treatment. Norwich struck five minutes into the second half, when a Matt Jarvis ball fell into the path of Brady who then slotted it past Ben Foster. More impressive for the Canaries, they managed to keep their second clean sheet in a row, after only keeping one clean sheet in their first twenty-nine matches. The win makes tomorrow's Tyne-Wear derby all the more vital for both Northern England clubs but they each have two games more than Norwich in hand after today.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 19 - 12:56 PM

Norwich City received some bittersweet news concerning its defense as Robbie Brady is expected to return while the club waits on the status of Ryan Bennett.

Brady was not present for the club's hearty 0-0 draw with Manchester City last weekend after sustaining a calf injury but Bennett played a major role in the center of the club's defense. However, Sebastien Bassong will likely get the start at center-half anyway after making his return to the bench last weekend after missing time with an injury. Both Bassong and Brady have trained all week ahead of the matchup with West Bromwich Albion and should be candidates for your fantasy team defense with a clean sheet on the cards.
Mar 18 - 6:04 PM

Norwich City, to everyone's surprise, were able to keep Manchester City from scoring as they they picked up a vital point in a 0-0 final at Carrow Road.

It seemed the unlikeliest of results given the way the first twenty minutes went, as Manchester City were on the front foot and created several chances to grab an opening goal, but the tide began to turn midway through the opening half and the Canaries began to enjoy some of the possession. Patrick Bamford had a chance go off the bar in the 36th minute. Just before the break, Nathan Redmond had to be replaced after going to ground for the second time with an ankle injury. His replacement, Graham Dorrans, gave Norwich their best chance to score in the second half, but he squandered an open look with a shot that drifted wide of the target. The point still has the Canaries in the relegation zone, but they jump ahead of Newcastle for the time being on goal difference.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 12 - 9:51 AM


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