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Norwich City boss Neil Adams has only one World Cup wish

Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer celebrates scoring the opening goal in the Netherlands' 2-0 World Cup group win over Chile. Picture: AP

Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer celebrates scoring the opening goal in the Netherlands' 2-0 World Cup group win over Chile. Picture: AP

Neil Adams’ one World Cup wish is to see his Dutch international midfielder Leroy Fer return home unscathed.

The 24-year-old’s goalscoring bow in the group stage win over Chile came at a cost when he was ruled out of the last 16 win over Mexico with a hamstring injury.

Fer is expected to miss Saturday’s quarter-final against Costa Rica but Adams is confident there will be no lasting impact on City’s pre-season build up.

“Our physios are speaking to the Dutch physios and hopefully he is fit to play a part if they continue to progress in the tournament,” said Adams. “It is not a bad injury but I know Leroy will be really frustrated not to have been able to push on and play in the Mexico game. To score in a World Cup I can only imagine how he was feeling and to score such a great goal, a crucial goal for a big country is fantastic for the lad and Norwich City to have that representation on such a global stage.”

Adams has had to ration his World Cup watching as he looks to ensure the Canaries’ hit the ground running.

“I’ll be honest I’ve not seen an awful lot of it because most of the 5pm kick offs I have been working,” he said. “The entertainment factor is certainly there. It’s probably the best World Cup because there hasn’t been one nailed-on winner. Every team at different stages has looked vulnerable, a lot of sides have looked excellent and that combination has produced so much good, attacking, end-to-end football. You are getting the odd mistakes as well which are all leading to goals.”

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