December 8 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Monday, August 12, 2013
Chris Hughton insisted it is too early to decide whether Gary Hooper’s injury scare will force the Canaries back into the transfer market.
The former Celtic striker underwent a precautionary hospital scan on a suspected shin injury after leaving Carrow Road on crutches following City’s final pre-season 2-0 friendly win over Panathinaikos.
Hooper is now poised for further tests over the next few days and Hughton intends to assess the extent of any damage before deciding whether to step up plans for fresh additions.
Fiorentina’s Mounir El Hamdaoui was the latest striker linked to the Canaries over the weekend – joining long term targets Ola Toivonen and Fabio Quagliarella – should City opt for one final foray ahead of next month’s transfer window deadline.
“We are firstly hoping that it is not too bad with Gary,” he said “We are trying to make sure we have a squad that is as strong as possible so we keep working and if that sees another player added to the squad then great. If not, then I am delighted with what we have got.
“I was very close to the incident at the time so I had a good view of it and where it took place. I could tell it was going to be a sore one. We are hoping it is going to be okay and in effect that all it is, is a whack that is painful for a little while.”
Hughton delivered encouraging fitness news on Sebastien Bassong ahead of Everton’s opening day Premier League visit with the defender poised for a development league run out today at Colney against Stoke’s Under-21s. Bassong has missed the entire pre-season programme after knee surgery.
“He has to prove his fitness and we would like him to play some part in that game,” confirmed Hughton. “He is a strong character, Seb, and he has in some ways proven us wrong in games before where we felt he wasn’t able to play and contributed greatly. We’ll see how the week goes but what is more important is that we have him for a long period.”
Anthony Pilkington, however, has already been ruled out of the Toffees’ curtain-raiser with a knee problem.
“At this moment he probably hasn’t done enough in the last few weeks to warrant coming into consideration for Everton,” said Hughton. “We are looking forward to him doing some decent work this week but in terms of Everton he is probably too far away.”
Chris Hughton deflected the praise for Norwich City’s battling 2-0 Premier League win at West Brom firmly onto his players after surviving a second half onslaught.