Norwich City chief Chris Hughton defends safety first policy over Ricky van Wolfswinkel injury

Norwich City's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel returned to full training on Friday ahead of Swansea's Premier League home test. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Norwich City's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel returned to full training on Friday ahead of Swansea's Premier League home test. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Friday, December 6, 2013
6:45 AM

Chris Hughton feels a game of patience with club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel will pay dividends.

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The Dutch striker is again ruled out of the weekend’s Premier League trip to West Brom with a toe muscle injury that has sidelined him for the past six games.

Van Wolfswinkel has returned to light training this week and will step up his fitness bid ahead of Swansea’s Carrow Road visit after the club’s latest assignment at the Hawthorns. Hughton is not prepared to risk longer term damage by rushing him back into action.

“He has done some good running outside and the plans are that he will get through this weekend and hopefully train with the team next week,” said Hughton. “At this moment Swansea is a possibility. He has a toe muscle injury but it is the type of injury if we pushed it too hard and he came back before he is ready he could be out longer term.

“It is not as simple as padding up his boot and playing through the pain. That can turn out to be is counter-productive and keep him out even longer.”

Hughton reported no fresh injury concerns following the midweek defeat at Liverpool which saw academy prospect Josh Murphy gaining more Premier League experience.

“He is firmly around the squad now and he will benefit from that,” said Hughton. “He is training with the first team on a regular basis, he has been in and around the squad and had minutes on the pitch and that will help his development no end. The good news is we have picked up no further injuries but if I look at the ones who are injured, none will be back for West Brom.”

14 comments

  • He may be back for the last game of the season.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Sharky, you are assuming that they can read in the first place of course. In honour of Nelson Mandela I withdraw all my horrible comments about CH and wish him well, but in is forthcoming retirement which I am hoping will be today or tomorrow at the latest.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • …..He may be gone before then Steely....say January!.....He's being put in the window for some reason! ….surplus to requirements or doesn't fit the system. or has a personality issue with some one...City could get half the money back!......

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Stew is living up to his name again!

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    ScotCan

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • It must be the right thing to do to make sure RVW is fully fit before his return, this should be the decision of the medical team not the supporters, well done Hughton for standing your ground on this one.

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    Harry

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • It seems that Hughton is the only person in Norwich who can get their head round this injury. Is there anybody who has ever heard of a muscle injury to a toe. He is probably now entering the phase where he will have a relapse and have more time off over Christmas and New Year. Why not give him a kick up the backside - that would take his attention away from his toe.

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    VictorM

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Worst signing in Premier League history, made by the worst manager in Premier League history. £9m plus £85k a week to sit at home playing on his play station. Bunch of idiots. Warm regards, Ged (your friend and inspiration)

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    Ged Steroo

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Vic, They are such finely tuned athletes these days, even a hair out of place or heaven forbid a split hair is a major concern.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • I would be amazed if ANY professional reads this rubbish thats said here

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    sharky

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Lets all hope RVW is finally fit for the Swansea game so we can play a 4,4,2 formation with him and Hooper up front although I fear CH will go with Elmander as his partner.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Muscle injuries to toes are pretty common and take up to 6 weeks to recover from, with the upper limit of that being what you might expect if your job is kicking something for a living.

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    nachospestos

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • RVW to CH show me the money? CH to anyone, anyone what does a goal look like? Anyone, anyone what does CH look like? Answer wide eyed with a white hat with a letter on it rhymes with b?

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    Black angel

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Welcome back Ged and be careful who you try to pick up in the boardroom after the match. I wonder if Janice 'oi'll give it foive' Nichols will be there.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Gents, These comments about RVW are unbelievable and disrespectful. He is injured and remember it is the medics that say if the injury has cured and then the manager decides with the medics if he is fit to play. Very wise to wait until Swansea because there is plenty of choice upfront for WBA until the next home game. Also remember the players probably read this column too..

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    Watton Warrior

    Friday, December 6, 2013

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