December 18 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, EDP Sports Writer
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Chris Hughton will give captain Grant Holt every chance to try and prove his fitness for the weekend Premier League trip to West Brom.
Holt has yet to train after suffering a hamstring injury in the closing stages of City’s 2-1 Premier League win against Wigan last time out that extended the club’s record 10-match unbeaten run in the modern era. Hughton however, speaking at Colney on Thursday afternoon, refused to rule Holt out of his plans to spearhead Norwich’s attack at the Hawthorns.
“The good news is it is certainly not anywhere near as bad as either it could be or as we feared it might be,” he said. “Grant is touch and go I would have to say for the weekend. If he did miss West Brom we would certainly hope he is fit enough for the rest of the Christmas period.”
Defender Ryan Bennett is poised to re-join training on Friday after his recent knee problem. Tottenham loanee Harry Kane stepped up his fitness return following foot surgery with a goalscoring 60-minute outing for the development side in midweek and Hughton revealed he has some big decisions to make over the coming days.
“Harry is certainly there or thereabouts,” he said. “The decision we have to make on Harry is the fact he has been out for such a long time. He is just off the back of a period of training and he played 60 minutes in the development game in midweek. That is the decision we have to make and the same with Ryan.
“Harry has done a fair bit of work but he will be lacking in some areas, which is normal, but the good news is the injury is fine. It is good to have him back. If he was involved (at WBA) it would be based on the fact he has done enough. We don’t want him to break down.”
Hughton confirmed John Ruddy (thigh) and Andrew Surman (knee) are definitely unavailable at the start of a potentially gruelling festive period with home games against Chelsea and Manchester City followed by a New Year trip to West Ham.
“It has to be very much one game at a time,” he said. “Once you get through that first game in the sequence of four you see how you have come through that in terms of fatigue or injury or result and the next squad will generally be based on what you have seen. It is the same for everybody. It is not like we are playing a series of games and the rest are not.
“We have a real competitive squad at the moment. We are fairly light on injuries. The only injuries are John and Andrew, apart from Grant. This is a time when everybody wants to be involved, but we have two tough away games and two games at home that do not get any tougher.”
Two Norwich City fans have combined to create a tribute on YouTube to Wes Hoolahan.