Norwich City duo Josh Murphy and Ricky van Wolfswinkel included in Premier League squad for Stoke, Sebastien Bassong major injury doubt

Norwich City's Josh Murphy wil be part of the club's squad for Sunday's Premier League trip to Stoke after his goalscoring debut in the Capital One Cup win over Watford. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Josh Murphy wil be part of the club's squad for Sunday's Premier League trip to Stoke after his goalscoring debut in the Capital One Cup win over Watford. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, September 27, 2013
3:22 PM

Josh Murphy has been rewarded for his Capital One Cup starring role by keeping his place in the Norwich City squad for Sunday’s televised Premier League test at Stoke.

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The England Under-19 international struck a long range goal on his senior debut to spark a memorable 3-2 comeback win over Watford. City boss Chris Hughton has pledged to take his time exposing the wide player to the rigours of the Premier League but Murphy will be in the travelling party for the Potteries.

Hughton confirmed at his pre-match press call on Friday at Colney he has no fresh injury concerns following that extra-time success at Vicarage Road. Club record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel also trained on Friday morning after recovering from a damaged toe injury and will be available this weekend. Team captain Sebastien Bassong remains a major doubt but Hughton revealed the initial prognosis on his hamstring injury is a positive one.

“He is probably doubtful but we are going to give him right up until the last moment. The good news is that it isn’t as bad as first feared,” said Hughton. “Ricky is fine, he trained on Friday morning and at the moment all the boys who featured Tuesday are okay. Seb is the only one we think is doubtful. It was a long evening for us and the boys had to put a real shift in, but it is always worthwhile when you go through.

“Yes, Josh will be in the squad. That is probably on his performance from the other night but also his form before Tuesday. He has had a good development and he was with us pre-season in America and at the moment he is at a level that he deserves to be in the first team squad. With all young, talented players of his age you have to be mindful how you use them. He is a talent. No doubt. We have to make sure we do it the right way with him, which we will do, but certainly an inclusion in the squad this weekend is a reflection how well he did the other night.”

11 comments

  • Can it be that we will be attacking in an away game? I am getting excited already.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, September 27, 2013

  • Translation, "the lad played well so we are giving him a day out to Stoke, He wont be playing but its good experience for him to sit and watch"

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    MBA Marine

    Friday, September 27, 2013

  • Mad Brewer

    Friday, September 27, 2013

  • As Michigan Canary said, Hooper`s `pitbull` tendencies will be essential against the Subtle Stokers. Thinking of `pitbull` type players; James Vaughan scored again for Huddersfield last night, his 10th of the season, L&C. P`raps Everton will buy him back? Must be a 3m+ player by now - and rising? As long as he stays injury free. I hope Josh gets 20 min tomorrow as long as it`s not a desperation measure again. Though perhaps he thrives on that pressure - no fear\young man etc.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, September 28, 2013

  • I'm glad he's in the squad it'll boost his confidence. I agree he shouldn't start at his age but to come on as an impact sub he may be very effective. Young, talented and hungry with a point to prove. It'll all be experience for him!

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    Drossel

    Friday, September 27, 2013

  • Would be good to see him come on for final 20 minutes,to give rest of the team a lift.

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    powelld123

    Saturday, September 28, 2013

  • I'm glad he's in the squad it'll boost his confidence. I agree he shouldn't start at his age but to come on as an impact sub he may be very effective. Young, talented and hungry with a point to prove. It'll all be experience for him!

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    Drossel

    Friday, September 27, 2013

  • If we need a goal or two, he could be very useful in the last 20 minutes. https:listfootball.wordpress.com

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    chirpy

    Friday, September 27, 2013

  • I hope Hooper starts. Need his physical prescence against Stoke. Might be too physical for JM.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, September 27, 2013

  • How about starting Olsson for once?!

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    YorkCanary

    Friday, September 27, 2013

  • Well done Josh, you deserve this chance!

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    Crazy

    Friday, September 27, 2013

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