Injured Norwich City duo Gary Hooper and Jonny Howson to miss Watford’s Championship visit
15:43 14 August 2014
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Injured Norwich City striker Gary Hooper and midfielder Jonny Howson will again miss out for this weekend’s Championship home game against Watford.
City boss Neil Adams revealed at Colney on Thursday afternoon both Hooper (calf) and Howson (knee) are not in his plans for the Hornets’ visit.
Adams also confirmed Anthony Pilkington is in transfer talks with another club – with Cardiff City counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealing earlier in the day he is hoping to tie up a deal for the midfielder who has reportedly underwent a medical and discussed personal terms after City accepted a bid.
“There is interest in him. A lot of interest so, yes, I can confirm there is interest from another club,” said Adams. “The same with a number of our players, but that is where we are at this moment in time. An offer has been made and if it is deemed acceptable to the club then we will deal with it in the appropriate manner.”
Midfielder Leroy Fer has been regularly linked with a summer exit, but Adams reiterated there have been no acceptable bids for him or Nathan Redmond. Fer returned to training at the start of last week after his extended break, but Adams will monitor his fitness before deciding whether he will be involved this weekend.
“If he is fit enough he will come into my thoughts,” he said. “He is training with us. Leroy is a fantastic player but is playing catch up. Of course you would want a player like that involved if he is fit. It’s important we are right with him. If we feel he is available to us this weekend then he will be involved.
“Gary is not going to make it, unfortunately. The calf injury is getting better but not for this weekend. The Blackburn game next week is an on-going assessment and fingers crossed for us on that one. Jonny is in the same boat. They are two key players you would want around the XI but not for this weekend. Jonny has had the scans and is making progress but I don’t want to put a timeline on it; hopefully sooner rather than later. The main thing for me is that we get him fit as quickly as possible. The rest have trained well today so no other significant problems, just some bumps and bruises. Gary O’Neil is back, he has trained and he is fit, ready and available.”