Norwich City’s FA Cup absentees target Bournemouth return

06:45 05 January 2015

Cameron Jerome sat out Norwich City

Cameron Jerome sat out Norwich City's FA Cup defeat at Preston. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Neil Adams is confident all his frontline troops will return for this week’s Championship trip to leaders Bournemouth.

The City boss opted for a no-risk strategy on FA Cup duty at Preston with Lewis Grabban and Cameron Jerome added to the roll call of senior men absent against the Lilywhites.

Grabban complained of soreness in his Achilles while top scorer Jerome sat out the trip to rest an ankle complaint.

Adams revealed both had injections following on from a similar course of treatment for Swedish international Martin Olsson and midfielder Alex Tettey earlier in the week to treat persistent knee problems. With Carlos Cuellar (calf) and Elliott Bennett (hamstring) also sidelined and Vadis Ofoe just back in light training Adams was not prepared to gamble on the fitness of his senior men at Deepdale.

“Lewis had an injection in his Achilles. He has some soreness there but we are hopeful he will be back this week,” said Adams, ahead of a potential reunion against the Cherries for the striker who left in the summer. “Jerome, same again, he had an injection in his ankle. He hasn’t been too well either but he wouldn’t have played because of the injection. Again he should be okay.

“When they have these injections they need three or four days for it to settle down and they are not training so you don’t want to rush them back in.”

• City loanee Louis Thompson earned Swindon a point with an 88th-minute equaliser in Saturday’s 2-2 League One draw at Fleetwood, with another of the club’s youth brigade, Harry Toffolo, playing the full 90 minutes for the Robins.

City signed 20-year-old Thompson on the final day of the previous transfer window before loaning him back to his boyhood club for the rest of this season.

Toffolo’s FA Youth Cup winning team-mate Carlton Morris was a second-half substitute in York’s 3-0 League Two away win at Carlisle United. Remi Matthews has now returned from his Burton loan stint.

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  • There's no way our first XI can win at Bournemouth, a free-scoring side against our awful defence and disorganised, uncommitted team. So it doesn't really matter who plays, until there's a change in management and the start of a change in personnel.

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    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • From Adams statement it seems the same under achieving team is going to trot out on Saturday at Bournemouth to embarrass the travelling fans once again. Sad to say it but Neil is not up to managing professionals and motivating them out of their lethargic attitude.

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    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • In recent years we have been spoilt at City. In Lambert and Grant Holt we had a pair of great leaders. Inspirational characters who were determined. Who made sure that working hard was the priority. Where passion and commitment would see everything else would fall into place. We need to get back to that. But there is no one at the moment who has those special, special qualities. We had our chance with Neil Lennon...I am not sure how many of those guys type of guys are around.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Football management is hardly rocket science so why is it that some managers can extract more out of their squad than can be reasonably expected. That special essence in a person if indeed it exists as a single independant quality, is difficult to quantify and is referred to using many terms, leadership, respect, charisma etc but whatever it is it is undeniably missing here in Norwich. My view is that the deficiencies will not be rectified this season or even next, so deep is the wound.

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    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • A right fine mess were in folks. Norwich are there for the taking most club managers know that. Simple game plan no inspiration, limited work rate- Norwich in a nut shell. Sad but true Mr Adams when you lose the players as indeed you are acknowledging in your statement then the writing is on the wall for you. Yes you may spur them on for a game or two but ultimately the harder you admonish them the wider the gulf between the players and the manager. You had a fair shot at it but missed the target by a mile or so, farewell and good fortune elsewhere.

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    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Could be exactly what Grabban needs, a return to his old club .......... for me either a successful trip or one to blow his confidence. It really is on a knife edge

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    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • It really ought to make a difference having two strikers available who can win games. Ought to but probably wont.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

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