Chris Hughton reveals the injury cost of Norwich City’s Premier League loss at Aston Villa

Robert Snodgrass suffered a wrist injury in Norwich City's 4-1 Premier League defeat at Aston Villa. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Robert Snodgrass suffered a wrist injury in Norwich City's 4-1 Premier League defeat at Aston Villa. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, March 3, 2014
7:00 AM

Robert Snodgrass will not join with up the Scotland squad for this week’s friendly trip to Poland after picking up a wrist injury at Villa Park.

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Reports north of the border before City’s 4-1 Premier League defeat had indicated Snodgrass was poised to sit out the Polish game anyway, but Chris Hughton confirmed after Norwich’s defeat in the Midlands the midfielder will not be part of the Canaries’ international contingent.

Snodgrass suffered the wrist injury in a sliding challenge on Ryan Bertrand in the closing stages of the opening period that earned the former Leeds man a yellow card. Hughton also revealed Leroy Fer has suffered a pulled hamstring which forced him to miss the Villa game, while fellow Dutch international Ricky van Wolfswinkel suffered a knee injury in the previous week’s league win over Tottenham. Both will be assessed further this week.

“Ricky got a whack on his knee in the Tottenham game. He didn’t train at the beginning of the week but we felt generally it would be okay,” said Hughton. “Unfortunately it was still too sore come Saturday. Leroy does have a hamstring pull. We are still assessing how bad it is and we had to take Robert off at half-time because he felt his wrist when he fell making a tackle towards the end of the first half so he won’t go with Scotland.”

Hughton opted to restore Wes Hoolahan to his starting line up in the absence of Fer and the Republic of Ireland international made his mark with an opening goal inside the first five minutes that prompted a muted celebration. Hoolahan was heavily linked with a January move to Villa Park but Hughton played down any significance in the Irishman’s understated reaction.

“I didn’t see that so I can’t really make any comment,” he said. “Wes is back in the team. I thought his overall contribution and getting his goal was good.”

16 comments

  • 4 - 1 down I thought things can't get any worse......then Elmander came on!

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    deaf-ears

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • There is only one thing that a wrist injury should prevent Snodgrass from doing! Presumably Snodgrass' is a fatigue injury.

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    ScotCan

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I am baffled as to why a wrist injury would stop any red blooded Brit from continuing to play. I am equally baffled as to why Bassong came out second half when Bennett is fit, surely the second half should have been used to see how Bennett and Yobo play together. As usual there was no Plan B, I would have brought a second striker on at half time and matched Villa's diamond formation. After 30 minutes, Hoolahan looked a spent force so I would also have introduced Howson into the hole earlier in the game, maybe with 60 minutes to go in place of Wes.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Ah yes....injuries...another attempted smokescreen to hid was was a dismal performance yesterday. We have no spine and collapse as soon as anything goes against us - as with Benteke's first goal. It was a cracker but did not warrant the team falling apart like it did and surrendering so quickly and with hardly a whimper. Hughton seems unable to drive or inspire his team let alone able to set one up so it is balanced and has a chance to perfrom. He has better players than Lambert but cannot mould them into anything resembling a decent football team.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • RvW is much more robust than James Vaughan, is he not? NOT! If a sore toe kept Winkel out for so long, what`s a whole knee going to do? Career-ending? VictorM; reference wrist injuries, I wonder if these guys have problems with their self-winding watches? `Springs are busting out all over.....`

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • As at Cardiff we go a goal up then surrender. We cannot put two good game together back to back and this total lack of con sistency will be our downfall together with an inability to score goals.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Well, I was wrong I was sure after losing to villa Hughton would be gone, maybe wishfully thinking. But as Hughton said just UPS & DOWNS, hahahah what a fool.

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    Rottsrool

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Like Rottsrool and many others I am amazed that the Manager is still in a job. In ANY other Premier Club I am sure he would have been replaced long, long before the Villa humiliation. It is like a malignant growth is spreading throughout the Club and the Board are refusing to conduct the surgery. Defeat and defeatism (witness Hoolahans' reaction to scoring for his club) are manifest and yet no action is taken! Quite amazing! How can a side that were so dominant in the first 20 minutes and one goal up , crumble in such a manner? Along with that collapse and the bizarre own goal from the team Captain it was almost as if the game was deliberately thrown. TV cameras showed that our Board were there in the Stands watching the embarrassment , they must have witnessed it and yet ....inaction!

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • The way they played yesterday it is surprising that more of them haven't got wrist injuries .

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    VictorM

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • If only Milky McNally had enough bottle to get rid of this so called management team. Your body language at matches says it all - you think the same as us so why can't you just do it - you know you will feel better afterwards. If you leave it any longer you will be blamed as much as Hughton and the rest of the board for our inevitable relegation

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    VictorM

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • The threat of being sacked should be all that is needed to 'inspire' managers to ensure that both they and the teams that they manage are at the top of their game. However, when a manager doesn't feel that threat is likely, no matter how badly they do then the incentive to do better is removed. I suspect that CH, to date, has never been under that sort of pressure and that he's had too easy a time? He should of gone a while back but his position now is completely untenable so why is he still here?

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    Bad Form

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • TK, best comment so far regarding strategy (or lack of it) yesterday. Victor, best comment of the season, regarding the character of our team.

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Have just watched the YouTube interview with Hughton with a preview of the Stoke game. I was left wondering why such an obviously pleasant person can give me such strong feelings of resentment? I don't know. Perhaps because he promises so much and produces so little? Perhaps because as supporters we are invested in the Club and we know we will still be here long after he has gone, and he just doesn't seem to be invested to the same level? Perhaps because football is a game of emotion and he seems such a detached cold fish? I don't know. He says all the right things, "we must show more character" etc, and yet there is the underlying feeling that he is just going through the motions. Where is the passion and desire to inspire the performance that should be able to be drawn from the squad we have? No doubt he is a nice chap, but where is the kind of fire that prompts CEO McNally to say "death is preferable to relegation"? (Surely an overstatement , because it is only a game after all- but it is an indication of the depth of feeling in some parts of the club). I don't know what the answer is or how to achieve it but I just wish Hughtons words could be translated into the kind of performance we want on the pitch.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Very good VictorM At least Norwich are the laughing stock of the EPL, it's always one step forward, two steps back with our clueless manager.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • The most significant injury is that Chris Hughton has a bad side.

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    VictorM

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I think the reason CH took RS off at half time is that an injured wrist would prevent him waving before he takes his corners.

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    NICEONE

    Monday, March 3, 2014

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