Grant states Earnshaw case
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Peter Grant insists he is not gambling with Norwich striker Robert Earnshaw's fitness.
Peter Grant insists he is not gambling with Robert Earnshaw's fitness amid speculation about the Norwich City striker's future.
Earnshaw has been linked with a January return to the Premiership after scoring 17 goals for Norwich this season.
He shrugged off a knee injury to feature in the club's FA Cup romp against Tamworth at the weekend, meaning he would be cup-tied for another team.
But while Canaries boss Grant remains prepared to sell the Wales international for the right price, he refuted claims that he rushed Earnshaw back into the team.
"He had a scan and that was a concern for us because he is worth a few bob to us in the transfer market," explained Grant.
"But it isn't the case that we have hurried him back so he can be sold.
"Had I have left him out you (the media) would only be saying it was because we were protecting him from becoming cup-tied and you would be writing stories that we already had a deal to sell him lined up.
"I would like to reiterate that he will only be sold if the money is right, whether that is this month, in the summer or in the next year or two.
"We know the value of the player and he will not be leaving, if he leaves at all, on the cheap.
"Hopefully, as long as I am manager of this football club, he will be here."