Norwich City’s international duo Wes Hoolahan and Steven Whittaker are fresh injury doubts ahead of the club’s Capital One Cup quarter-final home tie against Aston Villa on Tuesday night.

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Canaries’ chief Chris Hughton revealed at Colney on Monday afternoon both picked up injuries in the hard-fought Premier League 4-3 weekend win at Swansea. City’s medical staff will continue to monitor both Hoolahan (groin) and Whittaker (hip), with Hughton set to make a final decision tomorrow morning.

Alex Tettey (groin) and Ryan Bennett (knock) are definitely ruled out after missing the win at the Liberty Stadium, but centre-back Michael Turner is back in contention after a recent shoulder injury as City bid to edge past Paul Lambert’s side to book a place in the last four.

“We have a few knocks, a few doubts from the weekend,” said Hughton. “Steven Whittaker had to be brought off so we will assess how he is in the morning, and Wes, we’ll make a decision on as well. Apart from that we are not too bad. Wes has done his groin, so we’ll see, but it is certainly not bad. We have to make sure with all these little knocks we don’t push them at the wrong moment. Potentially something that could be a week can end up a few weeks. Steven has a hip problem. It was something he felt after the last game. He missed a couple of days training, but was fine for Swansea and then felt it in that last part of the game.

“Michael trained today and will be in the squad. Whether he has done enough to use him as part of the squad is another decision we have to make, but it is good to have him round and about the group again.”

City have had trips to Liverpool, Southampton and Swansea over the past fortnight, but Hughton is not concerned by the fatigue factor on a largely settled starting line up.

“At the moment fatigue is not an issue but part of my responsibility is managing it the best way possible and what we do have is a lot of lads that are playing regular,” he said. “It is a balance but fortunately for us we have a group of lads who want to play every game.”

Hughton also confirmed he had sanctioned a loan extension for midfielder Jacob Butterfield who will remain at Chamnpionship club Bolton until Janaury 5. The City boss believes the Canaries will reap the benefits of an extension after an injury-hit start to the 22-year-old’s Norwich career left him struggling to force his way into Hughton’s Premier League plans.

“The thinking behind that one was the opportunity for him to get games,” said Hughton.

“Because the first 28 days of the original loan have now come and gone it means we have a 24 hour recall on him so certainly at any stage if I felt we needed to bring him back I would do.”

Butterfield has so far featured in four games for the Whites, but was on the losing side for the first time at the weekend when Dougie Freedman’s squad lost 2-1 at home to Ipswich.

16 comments

  • Hmmm...I think you need to apply a bit of joined-up thinking Dom! That would work for 1 game. Then it becomes obvious they are a longer term injury anyway ! Not so much cautious as inaccurate ...

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • At least Divot is acknowledging that R. Bennett & Tettey have injuries, rather than mischievously promoting the notion of a training ground spat. TBD (To be deleted?). Your geography is impeccable andys. The journo`s take on lucidity is dire.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • when did we have a trip to Liverpool? Suppose Everton is the same city

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    andys

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Point taken Timbo, although I remember Lambert using these tricks to greater good during his time here. Most of us called it the Lambert element of surprise. And I thought it worked well, as not all these injuries are long term. OTBC! IHWT!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Don't know where Paddy gets his information, but Bolton played Huddersfield away at the weekend, not Ipsix at home, drew 2-2 and Butterfield was on the bench. But good to see Vaughan finally coming back from injury in the same game and scoring.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • The Villa game is not important, far better to have the players fit for the task in hand ,staying in the premiership. Even the master,Fergie , puts out weak sides as and when necessary.The performance at Swansea was outstanding. the fitness of the players showed in the way everyone of them chased and harried the opposition. keep it up City.

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    norman hall

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I don't know wthat the oifficial definition of "a knock" is but I reckon that anyone playing against Grant Holt ends up knock for knock.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Howson to play then, plus Bennett the Smaller. Maybe even a chance for Fox in midfield. I guess Martin will move to right back and Turner or Barnett will come into the middle. It would have been nice to rest Bassong, but I'm not sure that can happen with all these knocks and niggles. I would guess that Morrison will also replace Holt as well, and he might even be adventurous and give Simeon a go.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Very difficult selection problem for CH but a nice one, at the same time. Not risking too many of the players who have done so well recently but picking a team that can take us one step closer to the Final seems to be the issue. We also seem to be picking up a few more niggling injuries now. I doubt if Wes would have played anyway but we have a really capable squad now who must be keen to get some game time to impress the boss. Although I think PL will pick a strong team, let's give a chance to some of the guys who have been warming the bench over the past weeks since our fantastic run started. Still should be good enough to beat Villa. Choice of goalkeeper will be interesting also.

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • So who is left to turn out tomorrow? We want to avoid defeat to keep the run going, but equally we need fit players for Wigan whose one asset is pace.

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    Pondlife

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I'll stick my boots in my bag with may sandwiches...

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • R Bennet is out with 'knock' what exactly is this? we hear the term often but what does it mean?

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Johnny Gavin Lives, Prolix Paddy`s strength lies not in journalistic veracity, but in the ingestion and subsequent regurgitation of Roget`s Thesaurus.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • I was going to ask more or less the same question MBA ! One thing I've noticed about this regime is that they tend to understate injuries. Ruddy's muscle tear was initially descried as "not serious" + "not something that will keep him out for weeks". We are now told it'll be well into 2013 before we see him again. There have been other examples. Wish they'd just say they aren't certain till the player's been examined by the Doc. The false hope is annoying ! This next 2 months will be crucial for Premiership survival. Time to get some striker cover. An injury to the horse or Seb Bassong ( I know he's a defender, but he seems to be one of our main threats going forward these days !) could be a disaster.

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    Timbo

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Get over it, Timbo. They cant throw all their cards out there. If they told you everything, the opposition will know the team (and game plan) before its given. Let's support the cautious communication, instead of giving ultimatums! IHWT! OTBC!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • At least Divot is acknowledging that R. Bennett & Tettey have injuries, rather than mischievously promoting the notion of a training ground spat. TBD (To be deleted?). Your geography is impeccable andys. The journo`s take on lucidity is dire.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

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