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Johnson extends Norwich contract

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Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:57:00

Burnley have been boosted by the news that Wales international Sam Vokes' foot injury is not as bad as first feared.

The striker sustained the problem in a friendly against Stoke on Tuesday, leaving the Britannia Stadium on crutches.

Despite the Wales international not requiring an X-ray, the bruising to the bone makes him a doubt for Tuesday's visit of Middlesbrough.

"He has got a sore foot but it's nothing too drastic," Clarets manager Sean Dyche confirmed on the club's official website.

"It was studs across the foot but we are hoping that settles down quickly.

"It is sore but we can only be hopeful that he is available for Tuesday."

Meanwhile, Ben Mee is close to a return to full training after a knee injury that has kept him on the sidelines since December.

The Dons currently sit in eighth position in the table but are just five points behind second-placed Inverness.

And Brown sees no reason why his side cannot bridge the gap if they can put together a decent run starting with Friday's home clash with Dundee.

He said: "We want success and to finish as high in the SPL as possible. Second place is a target. I am optimistic, always.

"Second place is five points ahead of us so we need a couple of wins to get in touch and I think we've got the capability within the squad to get the wins."

Aberdeen have failed to pick up a single win in 2013 but Brown insists it is too early to judge the success of their campaign.

He said: "I'll look at the table at the end of the season, that is when the table counts.

"You look at the fixtures and think there are points to be gained. I think every manager will be saying the same its just who gets the points.

"Well see at the end where we finish."

According to Brown, the Pittodrie outfit simply need Lady Luck on their side in their coming games.

He added: "We need a break.

"We've missed two penalty kicks this year, which are critical, but I am not too displeased with the way we are playing, in particular the way we are defending.

"No-one is finding it easy to score against Aberdeen.

"We just need to score and I think there will be a transformation in our fortunes."

Dundee travel to the Granite City 15 points adrift at the bottom of the SPL but Brown is taking nothing for granted.

He said: "Every game with Dundee is a close game.

"Just because they are at the bottom and detached a bit, I dont think for one minute that it will be an easy game.

"In fact, it makes them more dangerous."

Johnson has been with the Canaries since July 2011 when he completed a Bosman free transfer from Leeds United and he has made 57 appearances since, scoring three goals.

He has only missed one Premier League game this season and admitted he was delighted to sign a new deal with the club.

"As soon as I heard that the club wanted to sit down and sort a new deal I just wanted to get it done and I'm delighted that it has," Johnson said.

"I think I'm playing the best football of my career and I'm playing in the best league in the world.

"I think this is a club that is moving forward and I want to be a part of that. We've proved that we're good enough to be here and we know how hard it is to stay in this league, but we work as hard as we can to do exactly that.

"It's been a good month for me. I had the arrival of my baby boy three weeks ago and now I've signed a new contract."

Boss Chris Hughton said: "I'm absolutely delighted we have secured the services of Bradley Johnson. He has been a tremendously consistent performer for us in midfield not just this season, but since he joined the club from Leeds United."

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