Jewell criticises Pompey’s Norris interest

Ipswich manager Paul Jewell
Ipswich manager Paul Jewell
Pompey's Brett Pitman celebrates after scoring his second goal in their 2-0 win at Oldham. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South

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Paul Jewell has criticised Pompey’s interest in David Norris as the midfielder looks poised for a shock return tomorrow.

The Tractor Boys midfielder has spent the past two weeks sidelined with an ankle ligament injury.

But he returned to training yesterday ahead of a potential surprise comeback against Steve Cotterill’s men.

Pompey lodged several bids for Norris during the transfer window, only to be turned down.

They now hope to snap him up when his contract runs out this summer.

In the meantime, Jewell hasn’t given up hope of retaining the former Plymouth man.

And he has questioned Pompey’s conduct over their pursuit of Norris.

He said: ‘Portsmouth have a lot to say about our players.

‘Chuck (Norris) could get his wish tomorrow to play for one of the two clubs he is desperate to play for.

‘He trained with the physio yesterday and we’ll see how he is. But I will not rush him as we have a lot of games left this season and do not have the biggest squad.

‘He has not indicated to me that he wants to leave.

‘I want to keep him, but what will be, will be.’

Meanwhile, Cotterill has declined to be drawn further on his long-standing interest in Norris.

The Blues boss added: ‘Norris is injured at the moment and is under contract to Ipswich so I wouldn’t want to fuel any more fires.’