Norwich City’s club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel will again miss out with a toe injury for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Newcastle.

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Canaries’ boss Chris Hughton confirmed at Colney on Thursday afternoon the Dutch international will not feature at St James’ Park after missing the three previous games with the problem suffered originally in the 1-0 league defeat to Aston Villa in September. Hughton insists there is no longer-term issue over the striker’s return to the fold, but City’s medical staff and management will take no risks with the 24-year-old.

“It is certainly not a serious injury but it is taking a little while to heal and he will miss out this weekend,” said Hughton. “We just have to make sure we give him the rest he needs. It’s still the toe problem that is causing him some difficulty but it is not a bad injury by any stretch. It is a small muscular problem in his toe. Sometimes these delicate ones can take a little bit longer. I want him 100% and he will be. We know we will have to probably rest him for a maximum of two weeks, certainly no more than that.

“It’s frustrating for him because he wants to play in all the matches and up until now we haven’t done too bad injury-wise. Losing Elliott (Bennett) and Alex (Tettey) were big blows but overall we have kept most of the lads in good shape. It is part and parcel of the game.”

Back-up keeper Mark Bunn will also be sidelined for ‘between four to five weeks’ after undergoing surgery on an ankle problem. Hughton revealed his international contingent had returned with no fresh concerns. Midfielder Anthony Pilkington is fit to face the Magpies’ after pulling out of the Republic of Ireland squad for the recent friendlies against Latvia and Poland.

“No, he is fine. He came off against West Ham when he got a kick to his hamstring area,” said Hughton. “It was just soreness but I think what he did do was he went over to meet the Irish squad and see their medical staff. They were very happy with him doing that. He came to us and has been able to train the last few days. Mark Bunn will be out for a period of a few weeks, probably four to five. He has had a very small operation on his ankle to remove a bit of bone.”

30 comments

  • Rament makes a good point and no one would call Aussie Rules players soft - well not to their faces anyway. I have had turf toe a couple of times and it is like an electric shock with every step you take and sometimes takes weeks to settle down. It is strained ligaments around the big toe but they are talking about a muscle problem.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, November 22, 2013

  • It's interesting, I heard a whisper from a source in the club towards the end of September that RVW was not happy in Norfolk. Property was not the size he was used to living in and that sort of thing. Dissed it at the time, but now who knows?

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    Ded Sterile

    Friday, November 22, 2013

  • Powers - spot on

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • "Should have kept Morison???" I never thought I'd see that phrase on here. Bring back Strihavka, that's what I say.

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    el dingo

    Friday, November 22, 2013

  • Well then can Beccs PLEASE be given a chance to shine? He's waited long enough. Just prove we didn't buy him for nothing. Spot on TK. Gordon Bennett- when I think of the times my lad + his mates had to go out on patrol in Afghan with injuries + no sleep + that was life + death not a football match. Just cut our losses in the summer + sell this preening nancy-boy. He couldn't hit a cow's ars% with a banjo anyway. His last club must be laughing all the way to the bank.

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    Timbo

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • My word, im sure some of the lads out in Afganistan, after reading this will be straight down to see the medic!!! not, im sure this is a painful thing for him, but come on!!! i know people that standsit in the ground that would play their hearts out, with a lot more than a sore toe!!

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    Chuncky993

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • It isn't just up to Ricky though, he plays at the discretion of our medical team, and even then it'll be up to Chris Hughton if he plays or not.

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Truth is your not going to miss his goals or should I say lack of

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    Townman

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • TK - why question it? Why can't he just be injured?

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • One thing I would say though - and this is a general comment and not one aimed specifically at him - some sports seem tougher than others. Take tennis, for example, Andy Murray was saying that pretty much all of the pros are playing in pain in the tournaments. I do find it a little frustrating. The other comment I would make is that maybe some of them need to wear proper boots rather than these ultra light weight things that give so little protection.

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Any more pearls of wisdom Dingo or maybe you'd like to discuss whether we landed on the moon or not. Any time you actually want to drop the heat magazine BS and talk about football you let us know, eh?

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    ncfc boy

    Friday, November 22, 2013

  • Well well, there is one article saying he will come good and another saying he is still injured. i feel another Andy Carroll in the making

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    JB

    Friday, November 22, 2013

  • Smoke & Mirrors as they say, I wonder what the real reason for his non-appearance may be. I remember the days of Chris Sutton and defenders used to kick hell out of him, especially down the backs of his legs, did he ever shy away from the battle. More than once his father wanted Chris to take a break but he would not even consider such action. Perhaps it is only Englishmen with this attitude.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Chuncky993 - it's not really about that. It's the fact that we are competing at the highest level, against players at the top of their game, and every player has to be playing at 100% to be effective. Any weakness such as a toe injury like this means RVW will not be able to perform to the best of his ability.. and playing would just make the injury worse.

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • That probably means that becchio will have to warm the bench again,with not a chance of making it onto the pitch!

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    tonyb

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Looks like Norwich bought a white elephant

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, November 22, 2013

  • Come on all together now"WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY" Good luck Bechio I do hope you get a game soon.

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    yarco

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Now there's a surprise, ncfcboy. To quote CH: "It's frustrating for him because he wants to play in all the matches". I'm so lonely I'm off down the pub. Good luck Saturday, lads - OTBC

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    el dingo

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Serious Post! One of our Aussie Rules players was out for almost a whole season with an ailment called Turf Toe. Something to do wtih circulation. Google, Aaron Sandilands, turf toe. Good luck to Ricky and the recovery. Hope he doesn't have this problem.

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    rament

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Ooooh is it "disgusting" sweety? Ok then...this prancing popinjay, That suit? Which ever way you describe him he's not a City forward. Sell him + get the dosh back. Then look for a young Iwan or Holty + lets have a good solid threat in the box instead of all this mincing around that we currently have ( or don't have as he's stubbed his toe poor little girl). OTBC !

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    Timbo

    Friday, November 22, 2013

  • I smell something fishy and I'm not talking about the contents of Baldrick's apple crumble.

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    Drossel

    Friday, November 22, 2013

  • how much are we being told about his toe injury.. Not enough it seems to prevent some of the contributors from comparing prem league players with 'our boys in Afghan'. , dont see what it achieves , apart from making them feel better. but I would like to see Becchio given a chance.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Becchio isn't 18th the player RVW is. Becchio is the waste of money should have kept Morison

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    ncfc boy

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Yeah your right MancC, just a bit of a rant, just abit frustrated at not seeing our two new forwards together, im sure it will be exciting when and if they get that chance to partner up.

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    Chuncky993

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Pretty clear some are out to support the team and some are in it for the conspiracy theories. Disappointing but they are a minority and not important.

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    ncfc boy

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Listen, no one is saying that the injury is a serious one. I think most of us know from experience that even a skint heel from breaking in a new pair of shoes can leave it hard to walk for a week or two, so to run about for 90 minutes kicking a ball with that sort of injury would just aggrivate it so the lad needs to get the injury fully cleared up before he plays again. Ricky doesnt want to be out any longer than need be. Simply because he wants to try and force his way into the Dutch Squad for the World cup in brazil next year

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    GPL

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • oh yes Trevor - and weren't the summers more golden and it always snowed on Christmas eve. Pass the rose tinted specs around so we can all have a look.

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    Croydonary

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Whether Ricky's injury is real or political does not matter, the comments on here are not helping the team one bit. He needs to get fit and he needs to play either to be the goal-scoring miracle we all hoped for or to get a fee for him as he leaves. Referring to any present Norwich player as a "Preening nancy boy" is disgusting. I understand your frustration but be pragmatic.

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    waclor

    Friday, November 22, 2013

  • I smell something fishy and I'm not talking about the contents of Baldrick's apple crumble.

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    Drossel

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Would people prefer Chris Hughton to play him injured so he gets low confidence and a longer lay off in the long run? At least you'd have something else to moan at for Chris Hughton, right? How about let the injury heal properly and allow him to work his way back into the team, like any other footballer on the planet, in the mean time there are plenty of documentarys on at the moment marking the JFK assassination if you guys are in to conspiracy theories.

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    ncfc boy

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

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