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Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan suffers injury blow

PUBLISHED: 12:27 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:57 20 March 2017

Wes Hoolahan was withdrawn in the first half of Saturday's match against Barnsley with a thigh injury and looks sit to be ruled out for the  Republic of Ireland.  Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wes Hoolahan was withdrawn in the first half of Saturday's match against Barnsley with a thigh injury and looks sit to be ruled out for the Republic of Ireland. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Wes Hoolahan could be set to miss Norwich City’s Championship run-in after Republic of Ireland chief Martin O’Neill delivered a gloomy injury bulletin when he ruled the midfielder out of this week’s World Cup qualifier against Wales.

O’Neill confirmed scans on Hoolahan’s thigh injury are ‘bad news’ for the Irish and his club, when he addressed the media on Monday lunchtime. Hoolahan had not travelled to join up with the rest of the Republic squad on Sunday to undergo scans and receive further treatment on the thigh injury that forced him off in the first half of Saturday’s 2-0 Championship win over Barnsley.

Interim City chief Alan Irvine made it clear after his side’s Tykes’ victory he expected Hoolahan to miss the Republic’s qualifier and O’Neill has now ruled Hoolahan out, after initially naming him in his final squad.

“He’ll be out, Wes is out, definitely out,” said O’Neill. “We got the news through on the scan this morning and obviously it’s not great, not great for us, not great for him and not great for his club. He’s going to be out for quite a number of weeks, I believe.”

City return to league action at Aston Villa on April 1 but Hoolahan looks set to be on the sidelines ahead of the club’s final eight-game stretch, which could mean greater involvement for both Alex Pritchard and James Maddison.

Irvine admitted on Saturday night Hoolahan was unlikely to be fit for his country this week.

“If they ask to see him of course he will go over but we will look to treat him here. I am hoping when they see he came off as early as he did and in those circumstances they will probably say, ‘Look don’t bother coming over.’ It is clearly a genuine injury,” he said. “He has a bit of a thigh strain. We don’t know how bad it is at the moment. It is a bit sore and something we have to report to Ireland. Whether they ask to see him or not I am not quite sure.”

Hoolahan’s first half injury exit against Barnsley was tempered to a degree by the returns of Nelson Oliveira, from a broken foot, and Graham Dorrans, who had not featured since damaging knee ligaments on Boxing Day.

“Really important to have them back. They have been a big miss,” said Irvine. “They give us a different way of playing and bring different qualities to the team. I thought Graham Dorrans was excellent when he came on with his passing. The pass he slipped through for Jonny Howson was perfectly-timed and weighted.

“Nelson showed a couple of little moments when you thought he might just get a goal. We have missed them badly for the time they have been out. Suddenly you are looking at our bench and thinking, ‘it was very strong.’”

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10 comments

  • If Pritchard is Tubthumping, perhaps Whittaker could be Ten Years Asleep.... (Kingmaker)! Good tune, sadly Norwich couldn't get one out of him!!!!

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    Ged in the onion bag

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • I see you're on top form today, Brew! Had me in stiches. Tony Hadley - didn't he study Ballet in Spandau, to cut a long story short?

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • @CanaryWharf, are you familiar with The Anna Mudeka Band? A recent discovery for me, courtesy of her bassist, who happens to live round these parts. Zimbabwean based music, incorporating the Mbira, aka the "Thumb Piano". There must be some 'Carry On' euphemisms, innuendos, metaphors or double entendres in there somewhere! Anna herself is truly spectacular. The music is uplifting. I believe the only LP\"album" she's done to date is "Dendende". I have that on CD, but her bassist is trying to find me an "EP" to go with it. Incredible stuff. Really it is .. Gek Brouwer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • There's loads of Chumbawamba stuff on my local's Juke Box. My youngest son loves it. He used to Head-Bang dance to it. Lovely lad .. My son, not me .. I'm 'Orrible. Got a PhD in it. I know very little about music really. Apart from the lyrics wot I hev Rit. It's like that, it's just the way it is (Run DMC). Even Morrissey ripped off one of my songs, but being generous is better than being mean minded. Imho. And I have forgiven Jesus. It's his Dad I'm not so keen on, for God's sake .. They are Wholly Ghosts, imho, already. Tony Hadley sort of knows me, while wishing he didn't. I made him laugh so much at a Suffolk Beer Festival, he lubricated his leg - which subsequently went rusty. Such fun, eh, buhs? @CanaryWharf, I cannot fathom why the Archies would wish to delete your earlier comment. It was both pertinent and polite. Then, they've banned some very decent people. Including me & Dubya. Probably the most dutiful man in the World.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • The band used to be called Chimp Eats Banana. Tubthumping was a sort of social experiment to see whether they could game the music industry into attaining one-hit wonder status. It worked.

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    CanaryWharf

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • What happened to my posting?

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    CanaryWharf

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • @CanaryWharf; I concur. Alex Pritchard has impressed me. Only a slightly built guy, he gets knocked down but gets up again. Chumbawamba Man. Let's be 'avin' a bit of Tub thumping for Alex Pritchard.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Uncle Stew, I agree with you that it is difficult if not impossible to replace Wes, in that respect, perhaps we should stop trying and simply play another formation. However, Pritchard likewise, deserves a bit of time to see if he can get near, but he needs a run in the team to prove if he can or cannot. My main point was that I do not see the pair working well together in too many games, especially against the cloggers.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

  • …..Is this all you have to do on a Sunday morning Trevor?….Wes has been a pleasure to watch since he first arrived on our scene!...but Father Time is calling.. as it is for the rest of us..and we have to prepare ourselves for the inevitable!….Finding his replacement will be a 'darn sight' harder than it is to replace many of the shirkers!…..0925

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

  • Hopefully for Wes, the injury is not too bad and he will be able to make the Ireland game on Friday. I am always bemused on how are management team seem to so over rate Dorrans, it seems strange that our worst loosing run this season came whe he was in the side and once he got injured our results picked up.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

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