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Will Chris Hughton be forced to Rush John Ruddy back?


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There is no doubt that the sight of Mark Bunn coming off injured in the 2-2 draw with Swansea was not welcome. It’s always very worrying when a player comes off injured when he doesn’t have a player anywhere near him. That’s exactly what happened to Bunn as he looked to kick the ball down field.

I don’t wish to be too pessimistic, but I think Norwich City fans should prepare themselves for the possibility of their second choice goalkeeper being out for the rest of the season. Therefore, Chris Hughton must decide how much faith he has in Lee Camp. Clearly, he did sign the player, so he feels he can do some sort of a job in the Premier League.

But Camp was signed on the basis of extreme cover and not necessarily to play games on any sort of regular basis. We all appreciate that John Ruddy is one of the leading goalkeepers in the league; his injury has had a significant impact on Norwich’s season.

In an ideal world, he would be the man for the Canaries to finish the season with. However, he has just recovered from a very serious injury, and Hughton would have hoped that he could focus on getting him right for next season. Nevertheless, Premier League survival as at stake here and Camp may simply not be up to the job.

This is, of course, not the time for the club to throw one of their young goalkeepers in. It would be a massive surprise to see Ruddy line up for the next game against Arsenal. But there is no reason why he couldn’t be put on the bench to keep Camp on his toes. It’s a tough decision for the Norwich boss, but he might feel that he needs the experience and presence of Ruddy for the run-in.

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