Fit-again Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is in contention for Swansea’s Premier League weekend visit to Carrow Road.

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The Dutch international returned to full training on Friday after missing the club’s previous seven league and cup games with a muscular toe injury. Chris Hughton confirmed at Colney the 24-year-old is available but the City chief will assess whether the striker suffers any adverse reaction before including him in his plans for the Swans’ test.

“I need to make sure we make the right decision for the weekend and we certainly won’t take any risks,” he said. “He had a couple of training days with us earlier in the week when he didn’t do the full session. He trained fully today and we just need to assess where he is. Touch wood, the injury is fine and there is no problem on that front. We just need to assess now whether he has done enough to be included at the weekend but the good news is he has come through his training sessions no problem - of course he has the usual stiffness you would expect after being out for so long. What I have to factor in now is he has been out for a while because one side is the injury and recovery and the other is physical fitness and he has done some good work.”

Midfielder Robert Snodgrass is also making progress after his recent knee injury and could return as early as the upcoming festive trip to Sunderland.

“Robert is doing really well,” said Hughton. “At the moment he is not having any problems and we are certainly looking at the two Christmas games against Fulham and Manchester United and perhaps with an outside chance of Sunderland. With Anthony (Pilkington) we are looking at January. At the time we said about six weeks and that is probably going to be about right, Alex Tettey (ankle) will be mid-January.

“Mark Bunn (ankle) trained with Dave Watson today and will train tomorrow, not enough to be included at the weekend but we are hoping he will do a full week’s training next week and be available for the Sunderland game.”

Hughton also confirmed the club are interested in Bristol Rovers’ teenager striker Olly Mehew but insisted no deal had been struck after reports City had agreed a £50,000 deal.

“I think those reports are premature,” he said. “He is someone who is going to be training with us but any reports of having signed a deal are certainly premature.”

18 comments

  • He's now become 'fit-again' RvW. When will he be labelled what we have so far seen damp squib?

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    Soglio Star

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • I am glad to see so many posts saying to give him time. From what I have seen, I think that he has the attributes to score goals and be a valuable member of the team. Neil, I would say that Benteke had a good second half to the season, but didn't do much the first half. The wolf will probably need a few games to get going after injury, because of the type of player that he is. Van Nistleroy and Owen and Torres all used to need 5 games or so after injury before they would start scoring again.

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • NL ranked above England and Brazil...

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    Pierre

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Check out the sad act old men on here saying they are fitter than a premier league footballer. If you were so fit a million yeas ago why weren't you playing for Norwich or Manchester United back then, eh? Or was that before football was invented. RVW will prove his quality, in the mean time keep talking smack about him, idiots.

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    ncfc boy

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • When I was his age + played rugby + boxed I'd put a grand down that I was as fit as him. Couldn't outrun him but could outlift him @ any weight you can mention. Oh + no I've seen nothing so far to suggest he's as good as Iwan or Holty. November Fifa World Rankings have the Dutch @ 9th,one below Switzerland so you could get into that side by having a piece of Edam in your fridge + a box DVD set of Van Der Valk....

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    Timbo

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • How about referring to Mr Wolf as "Tall Justin Bieber Look-a-like?

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Ricky is undoubtedly a class act. Look at his reactions to head home Whit's miskick. Our equaliser against Chelsea involved him easily beating John Terry in the air. I would have liked to see him with Holt for a while. I think the horse would have made a good minder. Failing that playing him with Hooper would take some of the pressure off him and upset a few defences. It is amazing how some of the posters who get upset when Hughton "bigs up" the opposition, have no qualms about trying to brings our players down. Get behind him guys and give him a chance.

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    waclor

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Its a major blow that Mehew has not signed, and at one hundred and sixtieth of the price of RVW and his expensive swollen toe. Still, it is the season to be jolly, and I don't want to be responsible for starting world war three. Excellent news then that our heroes are lining up to get back into action. Whether our manager will pull out the throttle, remains to be seen, but personally, I hope he does, so that we can all smile when we open our presents, and not moan about yet another pair of translucent socks. The mood in the camp remains positive, and I do think a win on Sunday is on the cards. This should keep the momentum going, and I see no reason whatsoever that we shouldn't pick up points against two teams in the descendency, namely, the other Manchester, and Fulham. I think the trickiest of the lot might be Sunderland, and their overbearing flourescent lighting. I've bought my ticket for the Palace game, and will probably leave the armchair at home, as National Rail can sometimes be obstructive when it comes to the transportation of furniture on the railway. I might take some of Stew's pudding instead. So, here's hoping for a festive season, plenty of pinot noir and no turkeys

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Yes RVW has taken longer than most of us hoped to adjust to the Premiership pace. The ironic thing is, he was just about there when his injury occurred. Given his goal scoring record at his previous club, he was well worth what we paid for him and if it does not work out we would be sure to recoup most if not all we splashed out. However, I think he will be able to form a partnership with Hooper in time and then hopefully they will set the league alight. We need a win tomorrow so lets all get behind the team rather than snipe at the players or each other. OTBC

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • The main reason why he has not scored many goals is the poor service he has received. He appears to have the ability to make space for himself but the team has failed to take advantage of that. He even had the ball taken away from him as he was about to take a penalty! Give him the service, and with hopefully Hooper along side him, and the goals will come for both of them

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    andy

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Everyone needs to chill a bit and get off RVW back and support him. You only have to look at other clubs who have brought strikers abroad this season. Soldado, Osvaldo, Eto, Giroud (last season), Bony and probably more i've missed out. All the players I've mentioned are top class but they've all had really slow starts to there careers in the EPL. Soldado and Osvaldo have recently started showing form, but we can say the same for Hooper. Our strikers cost less than the other teams too so I'd say we have less to complain about as Norwich Fans. Cardiff - Cornelius another example I just thought of. Benteke had an amazing season last year but he's now gone allot of games without scoring. This dosn't mean those players are overrated, but that seems to be some of the logic which has been posted by our fans. Trust Hughton and trust the Wolf.

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    Hello Neil

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Timob, are you for real ??You seem to have reduced yourself to hurling insults at anyone who's name you can remember !!I'm pretty sure RVW is fitter than you ever were ,and i don't see what's so hard to grasp about a FOOTballer with an injured toe unable to play FOOTball. Clue's kind of in the name there,anyway i'm glad he's back and looking forward to seeing him in action with hooper soon .

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    french canary

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Wow he is not the first new signing to ever take a while to adjust to english football or indeed suffer from injuries at the beginning of his career.... hmm like Hooper whom in some quaters was labelled as not good enough for the Prem and now he is the saviour, how fickle we can be. How about we save judgement until RVW has had a proper chance to show us what he can do after all you dont get dutch international caps or score the numnber of goals for his previous clubs by being rubbish. Furthermore if the suggestions that a toe injury is insufficnet to stop him playing then i would suggest to all those doubters that to a man Ricky is a fitter athlete than those doubting him professionally or athletically. lets support our players and hope they prove a success and if they dont they will not play for us long term. OTBC

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    OhhhhHuckerrrrby

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • @Marine- Stick to building boats.You obviously don't know the difference between CORE finess + CARDIO fitness ! PS: If you "bench press" your kids I'm ringing Social Services LOL!

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    Timbo

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Lord save us, the Dutch male model returns to "spear-head" our attack. Just when Hooper was finding his feet. I predict about 180 mins of huffing + puffing over the next 2 games, followed by another lengthy lay-off with ballerina's toe.

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    Timbo

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • What have fitness got to to with strength? not much, thats why a lot of those who enter worlds strongest man are fat! my Mrs is a fitness instructor and has by far a higher level of fitness to myself but she cannot bench press our children like i can. Great to have Wolfio back, I hope he replaces Hooper with 20mins to go against Swansea.

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    MBA Marine

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • I think we've got the hint that Ricky is the clubs record signing , please can stop referring to him as " Norwich City's club record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel " .

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    mjc75

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • There really are some ridiculous posts appearing on these pages now......

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    Smudger75

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

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