Strikers Gary Hooper and Kyle Lafferty return to Norwich City’s squad for their final pre-season friendly against Celta Vigo at Carrow Road this evening.

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Manager Neil Adams has named a 19-man squad for the visit of the Spanish side, with full-back Martin Olsson also returning.

The trio missed Monday’s 5-1 home friendly win against OGC Nice, as Lafferty recovered from a shin injury, Hooper was rested and Olsson was back in Sweden because of a family matter.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel is not in the squad, amid reports in France that the £8.5m Dutch striker is on the verge of joining Saint Etienne on a season-long loan deal.

Respected French newspaper L’Equipe reports that Van Wolfswinkel will have a medical with the French top-flight club this afternoon, who will take on the 25-year-old’s wages during the loan spell with a view to a permanent £4.75million signing (€6m).

The former Sporting Lisbon man has not played for City since scoring twice in the 6-1 friendly win at Braintree, missing the club’s pre-season tour of Italy after bruising his knee in training.

Midfielders Alex Tettey (groin) and Jonny Howson (knee) miss the game through injury as expected.

Leroy Fer, who has been linked with moves to QPR and Sevilla, is not due to start training with the Canaries again until next week following his World Cup duty with Holland.

Former captain Sebastien Bassong continues to be left out, as does striker Luciano Becchio, who scored two goals as an over-age player for the club’s Under-21s in a friendly at non-league Bishop’s Stortford last night.

Josh Murphy and Sam Kelly also scored in that match as City won 4-0, with Bassong not involved.

Tickets are still available for tonight’s match, go to www.canaries.co.uk for details.

Norwich City: John Ruddy (GK), Steven Whittaker, Bradley Johnson, Russell Martin (c), Michael Turner, Lewis Grabban, Kyle Lafferty, Gary Hooper, Anthony Pilkington, Wes Hoolahan, Jamar Loza, Elliott Bennett, Javier Garrido, Josh Murphy, Nathan Redmond, Martin Olsson, Ryan Bennett, Declan Rudd (GK), Andrew Surman.

12 comments

  • I believe now is the time to be positive..the season is 1 week away. I look at the starting line up tonight and, whilst there may not be much wow, I see plenty of class. These players are good enough for the premiership - and would be still playing there if we weren't mismanaged last season or our Board had made a change earlier. This squad can score goals for fun - which is what is required in the chump.. I hope Hooper gets a run as well - he's a class act - 18 months ago he was being talked about as a potential England World Cup player ..and then he started playing for a manager who believes scoring goals is not important..unless you've already shipped 2 or 3. New start for the whole squad..onwards and upwards!

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    Irish canary

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • He won't even need a plane to get him to his next destination.He is so lightweight that he could just float there on the breeze.He made the likes of Dean Coney and Mike Sheron seem world class by comparison.

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    Nexus_6

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • Well there you have it my fine feathered friends, the wolf came, he whimpered, and scarpered. Thought I saw him on A Place In The Sun looking for a retirement chateau.

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    cutty

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • What's with this wow factor? It's the Championship. I don't look at any other club right now and think Wow. We have a strong squad for this division. Two new strikers who promise goals, plus others who could chip in. I tend to be a pessimist but come on, we can "Wow" this league.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • I think to be brutally honest most teams in the champ couldn't get a 'wow' factor if they tattooed a 'w' on each bum cheek. I think there are a number of names that will be on our teamsheet that will cause the opposition to panic a bit, especially Hoolahan and Lafferty. From what I've seen of Grabban he gets in the right places at the right time and I think he will get some crucial goals for us...

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    GossVolley

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • Add an established CB like Newsome to this lot and I would be okay. Not going -£15 is too much on top of the ST.

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • We have details of the potential loss on transfer fee but presumably there will be a loan fee for his services this year. any suggestions how much? 0.5M or 1M Euro? And if Surman "has a future" why is his name last on the squad list above?

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    JDDons

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • On the `Wow` thing, did any pundit see any `wow` in Lambert`s squad? Even when Holt had scored 15 Prem goals, people were saying he was not up to the Prem. They said similar stuff about his not being good enough for The Championship. Players like Russell Martin, David Crofts, Marc Tierney, Leon Barnett, Simeon Jackson, came in and "put in some good shifts". The likes of Wes, Doherty and Chris Martin also responded. These guys are good enough; it`s up to them to prove it. No excuses. No Hughton. No Robert. No surrender!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • It seems that Adams is being criticised for putting one striker ahead of another in his selections - that is probably the case but I think he is evaluating the players in what is being presented to him in training and friendlies with no preconceived ideas of what reputations the players might have from the past. I think that if players act in a petulant way, show lack of enthusiasm or commitment to the cause he is fully justified in considering the other options available to him.

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    VictorM

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • My hope with hooper is, he benefits from playing off Lafferty, like he did playing for Celtic off Anthony Stokes. (This theory would have also helped RVW in my opinion but guess we will never know now). Problem for Hooper though is it appears hes behind Grabban in Adams eyes. Wait and see. Good problem to have really. Two strikers desperate to play in that 1 slot off the big man striker. Glad NorthCarolina stated a sensible figure for Laffertys goal return. 8-12 goals is fair for a target man striker doing the hold up & bring others into play role. Sadly I fear our small % of moronic fans will be ringing up canary call by September moaning about Laffertys lack of goals as they simply dont understand that just being a striker doesn't mean 20 goals a season or you've failed.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • Agreed about missing the "wow" factor, Matt. I also agree that hasn't hurt the team in the past. My biggest question is how our strikers are going to settle in. Can Grabban repeat his 20-some goal performance? Does Lafferty create that solid hold-up workhorse that Holt played so well while he was here? Can he net 8-12 goals? Also, does Hooper have it in him to score 10 to 20 goals as we thought he could when we first picked him up, or was he just scoring for fun because he was in the SPL. He showed some glimpses of ability last season, but just some.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Friday, August 1, 2014

  • I wouldnt be surprised if this is the squad to choose from for Wolves Away. Fully Expect Fer to either leave nearer Deadline day or atleast miss the start of season with the old "hes behind on fitness" excuse. RVW im sure will be announced as leaving on loan some point shortly. Howson is 100% out of Wolves game and I wouldnt be surprised if Tettey was as well considering how injury prone he is and how little game time hes had in pre-season. Not a bad squad with plenty of options to play different systems. Does strike me as lack that "wow" factor. I cant imagine many other sides looking at us worrying about the thought of playing us. Then again, isn't that when we've been at our best in the past, when nobody gives us a chance and we ghost in.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 1, 2014

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