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Paddy Davitt, EDP Sports Writer
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton could be missing a key quartet of internationals for the final build-up to the Premier League opener at Fulham on August 18.
Robert Snodgrass and Russell Martin were both named in Craig Levein’s 24-man party yesterday for Scotland’s Easter Road friendly against Australia on August 15 – three days before the curtain-raiser at Craven Cottage.
John Ruddy could also be on England duty with Roy Hodgson set to name a Three Lions’ squad later this week for a friendly re-match against European Championship runners-up Italy in Switzerland on the same night.
City’s Welsh international striker Steve Morison is another likely to be part of Chris Coleman’s set-up for their midweek friendly at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Llanelli.
Coleman names his squad tomorrow for his first fixture on home soil since taking over the Welsh international side from Gary Speed.
Morison was a key part of the former regime along with the departed Andrew Crofts and went on the early summer tour of the USA.
City’s Scottish duo were not joined by team-mate Steven Whittaker in the Scotland party with the former Rangers man set to miss the start of the season after damaging ankle ligaments in the recent friendly win at Celtic.
Meanwhile, defender Dani Ayala has spoken to Nottingham Forest regarding a potential loan move.
Hughton confirmed after the goalless draw on Friday that he had received an enquiry and now his Reds’ counterpart Sean O’Driscoll has held discussions with the Spanish youngster.
O’Driscoll said: “Daniel is one we have talked to. There are a couple we are talking to at the minute. Although two clubs can agree things, a player has to want to come and play for you, too.
“I saw a lot of Daniel when he was at Hull and he would enhance the squad. He is a good footballer and a good character. We have made an approach, so we will see where it goes.”