Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is an injury doubt for West Ham; Ryan Bennett and Jonas Gutierrez miss out

Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass faces a late fitness test ahead of the Premier League trip to West Ham. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass faces a late fitness test ahead of the Premier League trip to West Ham. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, February 10, 2014
3:48 PM

Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is the Canaries’ biggest injury doubt ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League trip to West Ham.

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Snodgrass will undergo a fitness test after missing the weekend’s 0-0 top flight draw against Manchester City with a groin injury. Chris Hughton confirmed at Colney on Monday morning Ryan Bennett (thigh) and Jonas Gutierrez (calf) will miss the trip to Upton Park, with Newcastle loanee Gutierrez set to be sidelined until the start of March.

Jonny Howson is on course to return to training next week after a long term absence with a back problem but Hughton is not setting any similar timeline on Michael Turner’s (hamstring) potential return.

“Michael is back running now but that will still be a number of weeks. We are hopeful Jonny will train with the team next week, which is good news because he has been out for sometime,” said Hughton. “We have a chance with Robert (for West Ham). He will have a fitness test tomorrow if we get to that stage with him, but he is looking a bit more promising. Jonas and Ryan are both out. Jonas just has a calf strain and we feel it might be two to three weeks.”

Norwich will travel to the East End buoyed by a spirited display against the title-challenging Blues to face a Hammers’ outfit missing the suspended Andy Carroll.

“What West Ham have shown is that when they have looked for a goalscorer or a bit of inspiration, then Kevin Nolan has come up trumps for them, and that is the type of individual he is,” said Hughton. “When you look at team selection, there is always something that can hurt you, for somebody who does not play, it is an opportunity for someone else. You can only play against the team you are up against, and prepare yourself for what their starting XI might be, but also have ambitions to win the game yourself.

“We are in a better place after the Man City game than before. We have to show that away from home, but we have done in recent months and we will need a lot of that (on Tuesday) night because West Ham are in good form.”

Hughton also had his say on Yaya Toure’s petulant kick out against Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel during the closing stages of Saturday’s goalless draw that went unpunished by the officials although the African player-of-the-year could still face retrospective FA action.

“It did go unnoticed and there was no doubt there was a slight kick out,” said Hughton. “Whether that was enough to deem a red card, I presume the referee did not see it. There was certainly something, but whether that was enough for a red card, then that is for the referee to decide on. It was a minimal incident in the game, and the bigger factor was it was a good team performance by us.”

31 comments

  • The Snodgrass situation is in part his fault and in a larger part Hughton;s for playing him on the right wing. That in itself has been pathetic and week in week out has simply meant we are not getting anything into the box as Snodgrass insists on cutting inside all the time and then losing the ball! Bale can do that because he has electric pace. Snodgrass does not have such an attribute. On top of which is Snodgrass's pechant for falling over and what his body language suggests is often a rant at some of his team mates. We are far better using Redmond's pace and on Saturday for once looked a decent footballing side. Howson back will be a big plus as well because he is a talented player - the one outstanding buy from a very average Leeds United.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • No comment on Hooper's fitness after going off Saturday - assume he must be OK for Tuesday? I would keep the same team, even if Snodgrass is fit, after Saturday. It seemed better balanced.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Chunky do you really mean: "....and Hoots just always look good, his touch and determination will bag him lots of goals".? I hope you used a T when you should have used a P. Sounds like having a Sunday afternoon meal with an old aunt of mine: her T was like P as well.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • We`re not getting a lot of use out of Gutierrez! Poor old Hoots is cursed. Need Pilks to stay injury free now. I really wouldn`t risk Robert tonight, Chris. Won`t it be great to have Howson back? Is a return for E. Bennett in the pipeline?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Chunky and Brew, the only reason I responded to Chunky's typo was as an excuse to share with you my views of my old aunt's tea. It was dreadful and her sausage rolls..... The first bite didn't reach the sausage meat and the second bit over it. If Oxfam could have given her a pound of sausage meat and enough pastry, she would have solved Africa's food shortage. She was still better at cooking than Hughton is at managing a football club though.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Normally I would defend the inclusion of Snodgrass as usually his effort and commitment were sorely needed. But I have to admit the team looked a much more balanced side without him against Man City.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Commentator, " Norwich city left to rue all those missed opportunities". In each of the last four matches we would have probably won with a little more sk ill and composure by our forwards. Utterly useless.!!!! Commentator, " Look at Ruddy, he comes and then just stops, poor goal keeping. What has happened to the FORMER England No.2 . West Ham were awful and there for the taking. I can't believe that Snodgrass gets into the team just on enthusiasm alone. He can't cross for toffee, he can't score for toffee and he can't beat his man for toffee. How many times can CH stand there and say I don't understand how we didn't get anything from that game. My head hurts from banging it against the wall. Pack your shorts NC are going south!

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Exactly 12 hours til kick off at Upton Park. More than enough time to crack the "waclor" acronym conundrum. I'm guessing that waclor arrived on the scene after the Colchester debacle. What a complete load of rubbish, that was. Brewer will doubtless come up with something in Dutch, Stew and Pa will have a food related theories, BP2 will come up with something lyrical and Mattias won't want to play because his post would be confined to 6 words. As for the trolls from the other end of the A140, they will still be wondering what an acronym is long after kick off.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Sorry but Robert Snodgrass can miss as many games possible the team looked much better without him. At least goal kicks went to different players, and free kicks and corners can be taken by other players so something different might happen, not like we have had all season. But more importantly the rest of the team will not get moaned at as they have been by RS .

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    canarybell

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Brew! I am a collector. I collect the majority of the comments I make on here. I can, and do turn to them when others cotton on to observations I made from the days of Roeder, thro' Gunn and Lambert. I don't know what the outcome of this season will be. What I do conclude, is that our present leader is on a par with Hamilton, Worthington , Grant, and Roeder and needs to take that paper bag off his head, and come to terms with what he has achieved since he has had control. As Paul Daniels would say “Not a Lot”! That is not quite the case because he has almost achieved his goal, in taking us from a decent Premiership team, to the 'rabble' that is offered most of the time! He may be pleasant, he may pluck pheasants, but he would have to a polished pleasant pheasant plucker than he is as a phootball manager to phill my phootwear!.Waclor! That comment about your aunts tea ,reminds me of the greeting a publican made to a new arrival at his bar. “Looks like rain” he said, and the reply came “tastes like it too”.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Pa, you know you`re a Hero of mine! You are a wise old sage, you know your onions and need stuffing ;-) I have come to believe that the team shape becomes distorted to the form that accommodates Robert. Not his fault entirely, the manager should define a template for him to work by. That does not mean just running mazily into a pack of defenders before falling over, moaning at the ref, berating his colleagues and taking on the Snakepit in an Abuse-Fest. We looked far more threatening, even to the mighty Mancs, than we have for a long time. What struck me most was the improved passing from Bradley J. Snods does work hard, but does he work effectively? My woodwork teacher said that, as we youngsters clumsily butchered the wood he`d given us to cherish. Bring on that Chevron. You know it makes sense! Robert can contribute as long as he realises it`s a team game.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Afternoon, Insanire Brewer (yes, incredibly, it's the same word. Who'd have thought?) you're quite right about QED. Conventional brewers' wisdom does indeed require the use of the past tense, "erat" as in "that which WAS to be proved", but there is a contemporary, more barking school of thought which suggests that the present tense, "est", is more appropriate to convey the meaning "that which IS proved". But I digress.....I think "waclor" or "waclob" (depending on your view of the Colchester home fixture) or "warlord" (if you believe my spell checker thingy) are all deserving of a capital "W", even if our acronymous correspondent has not seen fit to confer this honour on himself. Henceforth he shall be Waclor. Op de bal, Stad. Your rude, smart-ar*ed troll and friend, BW.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • My third comment on the same day read :- “! If there is one thing that is missing at present, it's a decent left winger. We have one on the books, but our manager wants him to play as a ramrod through the middle. This has the effect of cutting out our strikers, who seldom get a ball from either wing, and have to make do with receiving a through ball, more often than not when their back is towards the goal. It needs sorting”! … It was all so apparent over a year ago but our manager just keeps stumbling along in his 'Know it All 'manner.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • We have badly missed Howson, looking forward to his return, but would start with the same team as saturday, looked stronger and organised at the back and Russ Martin is due a good game, the midfield looked much sharper with Tettey as the anchor and Nathan Redmond running at the opposition and Hoots just always look good, his touch and determination will bag him lots of goals , with a much more settled team behind him. It was much more like the Carrow road i expect on saturday, all we ask for is the fight and passion shown week in week out and you will have the 12 man back , well done all supporters, we were pumped and proud of the boys again. CTID

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    Chuncky993

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Brew "waclor" is an acronym not an anagram.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • How wise you are Barking.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I am sad to see so many fans on the back of Snodgrass as he is my type of player who gives 100% most games. He actually scored a great goal against Swansea and had we been able to defend better then that would have given us three points. We played brilliantly as a defensive unit on Saturday but apart from a late push, created very little for most of the game. Hooper had very little to work from that is for sure. Redmond undoutably will become a very good winger but he is not the finished article just yet. If I was a scout for WHU for example, I would be telling big Sam that our defensive weakness is the right back and without Snodgrass offering some cover that would be where I would concentrate my attacks. Given our performance against Man City, I would start with the same team but it would be a bonus to have Snodgrass sitting on the bench to offer something different on either wing if things are not going our way. Snodgrass is not a bad player and I would assume he plays where and how the manager wants and instructs him to play so guys please give him a break.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • It was followed on the same day with :- “Brew, the last thing I wan to do is criticise for the sake of it, but we do seem to becoming a one man attack, and that is just no good for the Premiership. Many other correspondents like yourself keep trying to stress that we need a change up front, not necessarily in personnel, but in the way they approach each game. If the manager cannot see it from his seat on the touchline, then he should try a different viewpoint. He could even try swapping Snodgrass and Pilkington to opposite wings during the match, but he does seem entrenched in his own position, and the more he reads about it on here the less likely is his attitude to change”.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Thanks for pointing that out Waclor, i didnt notice til you marked my work, yes please forgive an old git, i did mean Hoops, i bow my head in shame at my horrible mistake.

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    Chuncky993

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • I'd be surprised if Snodgrass is being managed any differently from the way he was last season where he was one of the cornerstones of the team. This season he's been dogged by injuries along the way and frustrations with his form. Last few games he had were really good in my opinion. That's not to say mixing it up with other options on the wings isn't a good idea mind you.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Hadn't noticed that before El Dingo, brilliant.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Hello, waclor! At last I found the anagram\acronym correction. I must have misread your original posting, which I think was on the stream where you advised medication after my struggles with Centigrade, Fahrenheit, Celsius, Kelvin, Centiheit, Fahrengrade, Centikelvin & Fahrenkelvin. I`m feeling better now and that Birra Moretti `wine` hit the spot eventually. Seems Blaffen Wijs has solved the acronym already, so am I redundant now? Mind you, BW has had a bit of trouble with his Quod ERAT demonstrandum. He thinks QED means Quantum electro-dynamics. WMBW: wat moest bewezen worden. PS, waclor, I was once accused of pedantry so I`ve become sensitised to it. As a result, I only pick up on grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax etc if it`s from somebody who deserves it, like a troll, a rude person or a smart a**e. You`re fine! Has the acronym been solved, or should I still have a go? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • CANARYBELL & PARSNIPS unfortunately I dont keep a record of my posts but I have said half a dozen times Snodds is not a benifit to the team this season and I consider the news that he might not play as Good News.

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    goldie

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Not the first a manager has ended up with a better formation player combination almost by default. Not everyone is a Pilks fan but when fir I rate him and Redmond at times was electric Saturday. Howson's return will be also most really welcome. Hope he returns as good as he was before the injury. I find myself also frustrated by Snodgrass. Have played with many a whinging jock in my time and often found their attitude counter-productive. Tomorrow will need

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Chuncky, I saw your typo too. I fully understood what you meant, and I`ve long since surrendered any pretentions to being the prime pedant. Carlow is not usually that picky, but it may be that time of the month. Ref. Snodgrass - yes, he is a good player, but he`s being managed badly. Or not at all. I`m off for a glass of my favourite `wine`, Birra Moretti. Or the best Winter beer, Hock.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Here endeth the Pa Snipps contributions for today! I am however available to advise on matters 'Football' in general, and Norwich City in particular!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Fair point, Trevor. But I feel a winger should be capable of doing what a weinger does - getting to the byline and getting in some crosses. Snodgrass just doesn't do that - of course it is because Hughton plays him on his weak foot presumably because he sees the winger's role as more importantly a defender. Yes Snodgrass has scored a goal or two but overall he doesn't make a great deal of positive contrbution to the team going forward. He is not quick so he cannot cut inside like Gareth Bale and run past defenders. As such he just runs into them. Maybe he would be better used as a wide midfielder? The balance of the team and the pace of our movement was so much better on Saturday. Yes Redmond isn't the finished article yet but a player who is as quick as him will unsettle a defender while Snodgrass hardly worries them for either pace or guile. But don't get me wrong I am not one of those who would get on his back during a game. That has been simply counter-productive and very silly.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Maybe waclor, but Neil Warnock is definitely an anagram of Colin someone...

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I will correct my error as it was Cardiff but all Welsh sides look the same to me.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Or even tomorrow night ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Just pleased to see that many others are awakening to my comment on these boards onv 14th Jan 2013. It read:- “The more I think about it, the clearer it becomes...... Our problem is....Snodgrass! He has so much ability with the ball at his feet, he's almost as good as Hoolahan!... Somehow though he seems to want to be City's entire Strike Force, and that is not to the benefit of the TEAM. If this is on the instructions of Mr Hughton, then in my humble opinion Mr Hughton has got it WRONG. What seems to be happening in Snodgrass's bid for personal stardom, is that he has turned OFF the rest of the attack. Mr Hughton you are the manager. Get Managing!”

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, February 10, 2014

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