Hughton to stick with Ryan Bennett

Carrow RoadRyan Bennet’s FA charge over comments made on Twitter will not see him axed for Norwich’s trip to Stoke as Michael Turner misses out.

Centre-half Turner has a groin injury, which has not only ruled him out of the game at the Britannia Stadium, but could see him miss the massive game against former boss Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa on Saturday week.

And, while boss Chris Hughton has brought Leon Barnett back from his loan spell with Championship title winners Cardiff City, it seems Bennett will keep the jersey in defence just days after being charged by the FA over a heated exchange with Arsenal fans on Twitter.

On whether the misconduct charge would affect his chances of playing, Hughton told the Eastern Daily Press: “It has no bearing at all.

“Ryan came in at a good time in the Reading game and perhaps that suited him. By that I mean if he had gone on later on it might have been more difficult to adjust to the game and the pace.

“He was able to get into the rhythm and I thought he was excellent.”

Hughton has no other new problems to contend with as Steven Whittaker is set to return from a slight knee problem which forced him to miss the Reading game last week. There is just a decision to make on whether fit-again goalkeeper John Ruddy would be back in the senior squad.

A win against the Potters should make Norwich safe from relegation and Hughton feels Saturday’s opponents are an example to follow.

He added: “If we as a club are in a position where Stoke have been for the last few years we would be delighted. The job Tony Pulis has done there has been tremendous.

“What you definitely want is that type of stability, to become a mainstay in the division. It’s always very difficult to become a top 10 team with the finances Premier League teams have but to have that stability is what we all want.”

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