Injured Norwich City striker Gary Hooper looks set to miss Wolves opener

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper has picked up a calf injury. 
Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City striker Gary Hooper has picked up a calf injury. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, August 8, 2014
6:34 PM

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper is set to miss the Championship trip to Wolves on Sunday after picking up a calf injury.

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Canaries’ boss Neil Adams revealed on Friday morning at Colney that Hooper is a major doubt and looks poised to join Jonny Howson (knee) on the sidelines at Molineux.

Luciano Becchio will not make the trip to the Black Country, which could leave City with Kyle Lafferty, Lewis Grabban and Jamar Loza as Adams’ striking options following Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s midweek departure to St Etienne on an initial season-long loan.

Dutch international Leroy Fer will not be involved, with the midfielder only returning to training earlier this week after his extended break. Seb Bassong (knee) is also not under consideration, but Alex Tettey is back in the mix after suffering with a groin injury during pre-season.

“Gary has a calf injury. Doubtful for the weekend and Jonny is not available unfortunately,” said Adams. “Everyone else we hope will be available. Leroy is just back with him and we are having to restrain him a touch because he has a fantastic attitude and he wants to be involved. He just needs to get his conditioning after picking up the hamstring injury in the World Cup and then the time off. He is doing his own programme at present, he will do a little bit of training with us this morning but not the full session. When he is ready he’ll be back with us.

“Alex is back with us. He had a groin strain but he is fully over that and trained with us yesterday. He is available. Pleasingly Lewis and Kyle are in the same boat because we had the frustration of pre-season when we could never really get them on the pitch at the same time.

“Seb is not travelling. He has a bit of a knee problem at the minute and we are resting him. He has not trained for a few days but as a precaution we don’t want to make his knee any worse. Luciano has a little niggle yesterday so he won’t be involved. There is an Under-21 game at Tottenham on Saturday and we don’t think he’ll play in that either.”

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  • Ta for feedback, ivan. There`s no excuse for these guys not being fit. Holty was different - even though he was sometimes a bit... portly... he did produce a terrific amount of effort and mileage. So, could we hope for Hooper to make the effort and become a success for us? If he wants to be an All-Day Breakfast Blob from Wetherspoon`s, nobody else would want him anyway. He may as well give up football and get his food vouchers for the Troll Cart.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • I think we'll do well this season. Those Chumpionship defenders in the vid look absolutely rigid, very slow...quick someone get Rinky-Dinky back. Even he could score against that back four.....

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    Timbo

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Yes Brew. Hooper has definitely let it slip over the summer close. Granted, last season I would say he looked 'stocky' and like Holt was never going to win slimmer of the year. I remember Holt being dropped by Lambo for his early season form (due to his fitness) and came back at Liverpool 'ripped' and ready for his best season at City. Hooper showed some good touches when he came on against Celta Vigo but was blowing after ten minutes. In the right shape he would easily be our best forward. I think Adams has seen this and like Lambert has pushed him out of the reckoning for Sunday! OTBC!

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    ivan sadd

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Matt on Sat; that was concise! Which club did you own? Have you ever thought of buying out Delia & Mike? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Surprise! Morning Brew! Thought i'd take a glance at the site seeing as ive been up since silly o'clock with Mattias JR and the missus had 1 too many last night and slept through that brilliant storm! Anyway in answer to your question further down I managed nobody too Special brew. Just few local sides in the Lowestoft area. Was captain before taking over Management (and complete running of the club) when our current manager was appointed Lowestoft Youth manager. Took us from Division 3 sloggers to division 1 main stays, mixing it with teams containing mainly semi pro players + 2 cup finals (Inc a few appearances at Carrow Road). Been out the game a few years now following my sons birth & business commitments but I did have the honour of being not only the youngest manager of a football club in England but also the youngster owner of a football club in the country. Certainly one of only a few to run it top to bottom totally on my own as well. Loved that club almost as much as NCFC an cant believe how a little pub team transformed so much over a 8 year period. Had to give it up though when business commitments picked up and my little boy was born. Obviously there is a HUGE difference between amateur football management and professional management. I Dont miss the stress but miss the football side hugely. Can only image how experienced professional managers feel when they are out of the game so long and count on it to provide for their familes. Currently Im like an amateur version of Joe Royle at the minute as im giving a little advice to a recently retired semi pro player about managing an Anglian Comp side. Anyway, Enough of my idle waffle anyway! Ill talk myself into accepting a job which I really cant be doing right now, especially with the little (if anything at all) money I can make out of it at my level. (Although ill admit the management bug is itching to come out again). Have a good Saturday chaps and hopefully we will be talking of all the positives come Monday morning!

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    Mattias333

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Agree with you reference Ruddy`s price tag, Michigan. Fraser Forster is a good `keeper, but many of his games for Celtic will have been against weak opposition - he will have had quite a few `spectator role only` games. Ruddy had two and a bit seasons of Prem pressure + his Champ season, which would`ve been more testing than the SPL. So I reckon the starting price should be £10m. Not that Norwich is for selling... ivan sadd, do you really think Hoops is portlier than he was? He was always a bit... chunky. As you say, there is no excuse for a football professional to be out of shape. Perhaps he got the key to Holty`s private pie parlour?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Come on city!!! Come on city!!!, ei ei eio up the football league we go!!!!, 1-4 Nathan R first goal, headline 'Grabbers grabs a hatty',

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    john dab

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Mattias333 just seen your posting about 1p5wich below........ Come on, you must be having a laugh - play offs (??). I have them down as dead certs for the drop this season. They have a poor squad, no money and I think they will do very well to remain in the Chump this season. In fact, with the way things are looking this may be the last time we are ever in the same league together. Did you know they only scraped a 1-0 win against Braintree recently, the goal was scored by free agent Leroy Lita, who they couldn't afford to sign ! Enjoy the games on 23 Aug & 28 Feb, they could well be the last we will meet......ever.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Sorry, what I really mean to say is that for a person playing football for a living, (quite a good one at that) Hooper looks quite a bit over weight. Now, for the average punter on a very modest wage I don't want a player who cannot get into shape during pre-season. He will not be moving any where in that shape!!!

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    ivan sadd

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • What I mean to say is that the shirt that Hooper was given was maybe a size too small. Last time material was seen under that much strain, HMS Victory was carrying out full power sea trials!

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    ivan sadd

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I saw Hooper play his little cameo role against Celta Vigo and I noticed he was carrying an injury then. He looks as though he's had trouble with his feet.................can't keep them out of the larder!!!!

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    ivan sadd

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Just seen on BBC that Southampton and Celtic have agreed 10M pound transfer for Fraser Forster. I guess that sets the starting price for anyone that comes after Ruddy, not the 5M that has been talked about earlier.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Just watched Blackburn v Cardiff - it was pretty ordinary. A rather dull 1-1 and both teams looked rusty. Hope we can put on a better performance than that !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • NA has been using Redmond as a striker, guess thats the plan?

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    Dicky Van Donkeywinkel

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Forest are the ones to watch. They have Henri Lansbury approaching his prime. They have Assombalonga. They have the `reformed` psycho, Stuart Pearce... aah, there`s their Achilles tendency. I would like to believe the Hooper thing is a bluff. If it`s just another faux injury to cover up an impending departure, then there should be another striker on his way in. And NCFC & their lickspittles in Ruin Rd. should shape up with some truth for the fans. Doubt Derby would part with Chris Martin, nor Huddersfield with James Vaughan. Isn`t it amazing that a club-record striker is not worthy of consideration? Why? Probably because he`s not worthy of consideration. Been very quiet on the Machianalli front lately.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I liked Mad Marc Tierney. Great film actress, too. It`s in the Genes.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • California----don't worry---enjoy the ride---it's gonna be a great season

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    superfan59

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I'm a bit apprehensive about the season ahead too. Someone commented (elsewhere) that van Gaal has an 'aura of authority'. NA singularly lacks an aura of authority. To me he often looks fretful and confused. It does not augur well. As Michigan I hope I am proved wrong.

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    California Canary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Legia Warsaw should have taken advice from Sunderland

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Our striker "strength" has been an illusion ever since Grabban and Lafferty arrived. RVW has gone, Becchio is likely to follow and nobody is sure of Hooper's intent. That leaves Loza as the only committed back up. I am still inclined to believe (hope) we will loosen the purse strings and make a late marquee signing to bolster our strikeforce. In fact there could yet be a splurge of acitivity. We could afford to lose a few from midfield, add to defence, and by end of August see a different starting line up to the one that visits yamyamland. Or not.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Maybe the whole team should sport crutches on a Friday afternoon to keep 'em all guessing? Anyway, less than 48 hours to go... get your lucky underwear out and hope....

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Talking sense is not always well received, Michigan. Be true to yourself ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • LYB - I did say "I hope he is doing what's right for NCFC", but as Surrey Canary says, these articles are all over the place, and even though there is likely some editorial license in them, the direction of the interviews are worrying and some conflicting. I just don't have a warm feeling at this point, but hope I am proved wrong.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Btw, Mattias; I`m glad these events don`t occur on non work days, when you`re too busy to contribute. Tell me again, which team(s) did you manage? Monday will do... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Yes, el dingo. Legia Warsaw have been removed for using an ineligible player vs Celtic. Tried to apologize to Colin but... Celtic get yet another unearned prize. It`s a bit like the seals on Scroby Sands qualifying from the North Sea League by default `cos the dolphins didn`t turn up on time. Life`s a beach, innit? On the Hooper business, there are loads of people on crutches that have no real need for them. Specially in Yarmouth and Norwich. Hooper will be there at Molineux. (Possibly).

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I'm with you Surrey------don't get it,

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    superfan59

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Bit early for concerns like that isn't it Michigan, seeing as we haven't actually had a competitive game yet this season?

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Gonna be difficult to keep injuries out of the headlines in these days of social media ......... just takes one guy to spot Hopp588 on crutches and message boards are inundated ........... I'd rather nobody knew too, after all he is one of our main men OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • So in one article NA is going to harness the element of surprise in his line-up against Wolves; now he announces to the world one of his key strikers is unavailable due to injury. Sorry, this is amateurish. You want to surprise Wolves, then keep quiet on who is and isn't fit; who is and isn't travelling. The team should be known by the manager and those players should practice together as a team ahead of the match. And there should be media silence.

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Hoopers swansong ?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I hope NA is doing what is best in the playing sense and business sense for NCFC and not playing silly games with favorites like CH based on who was and wasn't close to previous managers, and how much lip service respect they pay him. I am concerned ego instead of ability may be having a hand in selection again, which are signs of immature and insecure management.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I think Hoopers injury is legit - someone on the message boards said they spotted him using crutches the other day. Lozas time to shine :-)

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    Dave Walton

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • sorry pal. Not the best news today! Dunno why I just think Ipswich will be there or there abouts in the playoff picture.Mick McCarthy is like a better version of Chris Hughton. Sets his teams up to be hard to beat and often achieves his goal (unlike Hughton). Not sure about there fire power but we can hardly talk like we are experts in fire power following last season!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I find it curious that there are always injuries to our forwards....... Something is wrong. If it isn't one it's others, constant roundabout

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    JB

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Good start to season

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Matt your news today is not good! Unable to check out the Celtic bit -sorry. As for the Binners I don't think we'll be worried about them come May:)

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Just read the Fulham manager saying their keeper Stekelenburg wants to leave the club and will do before the end of the transfer window? That shouldnt be an issue as he lost his place in the dutch national team and then in the fulham team to david stockdale. Issue is they just sold Stockdale to Brighton and dont have another keeper at the club. According to good old Wiki the next keeper they have is a 17 year old kid. Why cant we be playing them this weekend!!! We may actually beat them....oh wait, surprise surprise, whose playing fulham while they have no keeper...Ipswich. Typical!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Yes, as of 10am this morning Celtic have been officially back in the Champions League.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Hold up - have Legia Warsaw been kicked out yet?

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Hooper should be trying to force his way into the team. Until he plays, I dont believe this injury... sorry. OTBC

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    sharky

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Shame about Hooper's injury.For the short time on the pitch against Celta Vigo,he looked keen and mean.His physical strength is a major asset in this league.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Would feel a lot happier if Bechs was in favour with the manager.

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    Bob Hunt

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Not convinced Celtic would want Hooper back, They've moved on and to be fair he has. Would he want to go back to Scottish football? I think Hooper is here until someone makes a firm offer for him. I may be totally wrong as ive not come into direct contact with him like I have Leroy Fer and John Ruddy, but Hooper doesnt strike me as a player who wouldn't force a deal. Fer and Ruddy certainly aint the sorts to force a move. Hooper just doesn't come over as the most fan friendly etc. I get this feeling he will certainly start off a sub this season behind Grabban and Lafferty. Will he be happy about that? Will he knuckle down and force his way in?

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Celtic will be able to afford Hooper if they beat Maribor, and they should beat them, they are less of a side than Warsaw. I wouldn't sell Becchio, but I think the mind is made up and he won't feature, despite being prolific in the Championship only as recently as 2012-13. He was still high on the top scorer's list despite leaving Leeds at the end of Jan.

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    Colin

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Now the post's back. Sorry folks.

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Matt those whispers were a megaphoned shout I would bet my codpiece on being true. One veiled allusion and Archie bounced me. Now we all know it was true for double sure! :)

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • That was NOT offensive or libellous Archant. May I say that the Morison Becchio deal had its merits at the time then?

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • The chinese whisper stories have always been it was more of a case of getting Morison off our books as Hughton didnt want him, than us wanting Becchio. Then again with transfers like RVW coming in who clearly didnt fit any of the systems Hughton had used at Newcastle or Birmingham, it does make you wonder how much control Hughton actually had over transfers.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Maybe one of our historical LBs held the key to the origin of the conundrum. ..wish I could but I can't:)

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I always thought there was more to this than meets the eye ,I suppose we will never know ,what a waste of talent and money , if he was on a modest salary of Say £5000 a week thats half a million plus down the drain.

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    iMac

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Was speaking to a Leeds fan on twitter only yesterday and while we both had a laugh about Morison ending up at Leeds, he said he wouldnt want Becchio back. Surprised me as I always assumed Leeds fans loved Becchio but appears not all are so keen.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • The LB saga baffles me why buy a player ,pay his wages and never play him for 2 years , he scored shed loads of goals prior to his move to Norwich and has never been given the chance to show what he can do . I find it pretty insulting to the guy , come on NCFC make a decision use him or sell him

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    iMac

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • One Injury and we look light up front. .. I feel Bassong and Becchio will never play for us again.

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Bit shaky with all those missing before a ball has even been kicked this season, plus knowing that Lafferty & Grabban have had little niggles pre-season. How Becchio & Bassong can be 'injured' is beyond me - splinters maybe ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Why don't Adams and co come out with the truth it don't take an idiot to realise these so called injured players are not in his plans.lafferty will be in and out of the team all season as he was with his other clubs ( 2 good games 10 poor)

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    El tel

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Celtic are hoping to be back in Brew, via another side playing an ineligible player.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Colin, I thought Celtic had been easily dumped out of the Champions` League. I read somewhere that their manager, `Delia`, was disappointed but not too badly surprised. After all, Celtic only play decent opponents in their ephemeral CL outings. I bet they`d struggle to survive in the Championship, or even L1.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Colin.....Why sell Becchio!? He had already scored 19 goals in this league at mid point in the season that we signed him! He's a decent striker in this league!

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    Hoop there it is!

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • `looks set to`... perhaps this is an attempt to bluff the lupine ones? Or is Hooper crying `Wolf`? All of a sudden, from having a horde of strikers, we appear to be down to just the 3. Good chance we`ll see what Loza can do? That might be essential.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • No sherbet it's cos he's not even trying for the under 21s so how can a manager play him in a first team game?!

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    Barclayncfc

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Shame about Hooper, I was hoping he would be given a start in the opening game so we can hit the ground running. Hopefully we'll still have good enough players to do the job tomorrow though. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I think Hooper's injury is genuine. He gets a lot of niggles. There's no interest in him from the Premier League, unless Celtic are now interested now they have the chance of CL money? Becchio's not injured. Bassong's unlikely to be, although with the vast amount of games he misses even when in the fold, he could be one of those players always with some sort of knock.

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    Colin

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Sure bet, Sherbert. All this obfuscation is normal these days. Who expects frankness, honesty etc in the business world? Most fans are easily pleased and soon forget. Archant will sponsor special noise pollution happy clappy gadgets and all will be well.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Interesting that Neil commented on Bassong and Becchio. Maybe he was really pushed for an answer but normally managers wouldnt even comment on players like Bassong who its been made clear are not part of him plans. Whether they really are injured im not sure Neil but you're secrets safe with me ;) Bit shocked about Hooper that hes injured, and the fact Adams would let Wolves know he has an injury.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • We should look to sell Becchio (as it seems we won't bring him back into the fold) and buy a replacement. In the event of an injury like Hooper's, leaving us with just 2 senior forwards and a youngster, it's not a great amount of depth.

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    Colin

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Is Beccio's little niggle the fact that he never gets a game in the first team?

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    Sherbert

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Could any of these be described as professional or convenient injuries do you think?

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    waclor

    Friday, August 8, 2014

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