Triple injury boost for Dons
Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:30:00
Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund have extended the contract of midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz until 2016, making him the latest member of Jurgen Klopp's squad to commit their long-term future to the club.
Grosskreutz's previous deal was due to expire at the end of next summer, but he has today put pen to paper on a new deal for his hometown club.
"I am happy playing for the Blacks and Yellows," said the 24-year-old. "Borussia Dortmund was always my priority and I will give everything I have got to be successful with this club.
"I was, I am and I remain a Borussian."
Dortmund have already tied up long-term deals for the likes of Neven Subotic, Sven Bender, Lukasz Piszczek, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Mario Gotze this season and convincing Grosskreutz to stay means they can plan for the future with a largely unchanged squad.
"Kevin has always been a player with a high degree of identification with Borussia Dortmund and we are pleased that we have been able to tie another key component of our team down in the long term," said Dortmund's director of sport Michael Zorc.
The Canaries have won two of the last 12 games in all competitions, suffering embarrassing losses to Liverpool and non-League Luton before the momentum was turned slightly with successive draws against Tottenham and QPR.
Norwich, who play Fulham on Saturday, sit 14th, seven points clear of Wigan, who occupy the final relegation place.
"There has been no talk of relegation but you have to fight every single game," Hughton said.
"There isn't one game we go into that we don't think is going to be a tough game.
"Even though we are not picking up three points we are off the back of two decent draws, but I know you have to get wins in this division.
"The value of a gap to us and the bottom three is very important.
"We still have to go to Arsenal away and the two Manchester clubs and they are going to be tough. But we have to look at it that we can get points out of every game.
"We now have a fixture period to the end of the season with no cup games and we need to make sure our consistency levels are good enough to get the points we need."
Wingers Luke Chadwick and Daniel Powell resumed full training on Tuesday following knee and hamstring problems respectively, while defender Gary MacKenzie has stepped up his rehabilitation as he aims to return from a hamstring injury.
Milton Keynes boss Karl Robinson told the media how much he is looking forward to welcoming back the three players.
He said: "We've got a spring in our step because we have good news with Luke Chadwick, Daniel Powell and Gary MacKenzie being back.
"When you lose players of their calibre you are going to be weakened, so it's great to have them back and around the place.
"They are going to add to the strong characters and hopefully we will see the impact over the next few weeks. People can't expect too much too soon though because the players will need to build up their match fitness."