Norwich City boss Chris Hughton faces anxious roll call of his walking wounded ahead of West Ham trip

Norwich City's loan recruit Joseph Yobo was pressed into a full debut against Manchester City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's loan recruit Joseph Yobo was pressed into a full debut against Manchester City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, February 10, 2014
7:30 AM

Chris Hughton will take a roll call of his walking wounded ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League trip to West Ham.

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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Gary Hooper was also withdrawn in the second half against the Citizens after treatment following a heavy block tackle but Hughton confirmed the striker was due to be replaced by Ricky van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.”

13 comments

  • However hard I tried to correct it prior to pressing `Send`, I`ve still dyslexificated `career`!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Oh Dear, Wolf Van Winkle playing, that = no goals then... what a waste of space, in any other team he would be OUT, chalk this one as Bad Buy.

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    OLDYELLA

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • A strange quote there on squad sizes, we have a full 25 man first team squad plus under age Redmond and Murphy available together with any other youngsters we chooses to give a run out under FA rules so why does Man City have a larger squad. Are there special rules for those playing in Europe foe example. However, I really hope those small knocks do not keep any of the squad players out for tomorrow as this really is a must not lose game.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • City might as well right off the £8.5 million they paid for rvw Because selling him will be impossible, who wants a striker who can't score?

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    Rottsrool

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Perhaps Snoddy would make a good sub choice. He could be brought on as a specialist should any referee forget his brief and award us a penalty.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Hopefully the same team will start against the Hammers.

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    tonyb

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • The answer to that Trevor is that no other manager has players in his squad who have zero chance of ever being selected. This is a tactic for which we are indebted to the genius of our coaching staff and it is guaranteed to spread total confusion amongst the opposition. It may not have worked yet but I am assured that it will soon.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • 'bluelight', good strikers instinctively get into the right position. If RVW would have done that he would have scored in the last couple of minutes against Man City. He should have scored anyway, or did Redmond hit it too hard for him. I'm afraid he is a light weight waste of space. I'll like him to prove me wrong though.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Totally agree Mellow Yellow played as a team without Snoddy who tends to think he is bigger than the team.

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    Sherbert

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • you moan about wolfswinkel oldyella,i would just like to see him and hooper get some decent service.

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    bluelight

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • New boy Yobo looked very composed alongside Bassong I thought. The team appeared a lot more balanced than usual, and just hope CH takes note rather than select Snodgrass as automatic choice for right-wing if indeed he's fit for West Spam.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Indeed, waclor. Garrido goes from automatic choice to permanent bench-warmer. Elmander goes from A\C to not in squad. Hoolahan`s just a naughty little boy. Fox? Becchio?? Trouble is, if players never get any game time, what good are they going to be when called upon. After RvW`s stunningly underwhelming cameo on Saturday, surely Lucky Benchio is worthy of a try? poor devil`s carerr has been frozen. Now approaching 30, he needs to play (unless he doesn`t need or want to). A mystery to me.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • RvW and Lucky Benchio both qualify as enigmas, for different reasons. Did Hughton, or any of his expert team, ever watch Wolfie play? Was Becchio merely a cynical ploy to help dispose of Morison and get an asset on the balance sheet? Do Hughton and Becchio not get on? LB was scoring freely in the Champ for Leeds when we obtained him. Not believing in malice, I have to put it down to daftness, Hoots. Can see no sense in it whatsoever. I wonder how Butterfield`s getting on.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

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