Injured Norwich City striker Gary Hooper looks set to miss Wolves opener
18:34 08 August 2014
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Norwich City striker Gary Hooper is set to miss the Championship trip to Wolves on Sunday after picking up a calf injury.
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.”