Norwich City boss Chris Hughton faces anxious roll call of his walking wounded ahead of West Ham trip
07:30 10 February 2014
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Chris Hughton will take a roll call of his walking wounded ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League trip to West Ham.
Joseph Yobo was pressed into service against Manchester City just days after joining the club on loan from Fenerbache after Ryan Bennett (thigh) was ruled out. Robert Snodgrass (groin) and Jonas Gutierrez (calf) missed Manchester City’s visit and with Michael Turner (hamstring), Jonny Howson (back) and Elliott Bennett (knee) on the long term injury list, Hughton has limited options for the trip to Upton Park.
Gary Hooper was also withdrawn in the second half against the Citizens after treatment following a heavy block tackle but Hughton confirmed the striker was due to be replaced by Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
“Yes, I was taking Gary off anyway but I think he is fine,” he said. “It was a bad week for us with injuries going into the game. Robert was probably the one I had to make the biggest decision on. He just felt his groin slightly towards the beginning of the week. It is one that would have been a risk and I could have taken that chance but with what he was feeling I felt it was too big a risk. There are 13 games left and I need to make sure he is right.
“That was a blow and Jonas Gutierrez felt his calf during the last part of training on Friday, hence why he wasn’t involved. It says a lot about what we have in the squad. It is a smaller squad, certainly smaller than Manchester City have got, but it is tight and we have players like Alex Tettey and Anthony Pilkington who haven’t played much and can come back in. I was pleased for Anthony to get nigh on 90 minutes because he would probably not be as far up to speed as Alex.”