Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is back in the squad for this weekend’s Premier League trip to Sunderland.

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Snodgrass has missed the last five games after damaging his knee in training on the eve of last month’s top flight defeat at Newcastle but Chris Hughton confirmed at Colney on Thursday afternoon the Scottish international has had a full week’s training.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel is also in the mix for the trip to the Stadium of Light after overcoming his muscular toe injury. Twins Josh and Jacob Murphy will also remain with the first team over the festive period with Hughton confirming neither will be involved in the development league game at Newcastle on Friday lunchtime.

“No, both are going to be with us. We made that decision because we have a fair group of games over the Christmas period and we have to make sure we are keeping everybody together,” he said. “Both Ricky and Robert are in the squad which is good news. Ricky was very much touch and go last week but we felt he hadn’t done enough training days leading up to the Swansea game. Robert has done a full week’s training so he is fine and both are in contention. We knew we had a problem in wide midfield areas with injuries but I have been delighted with the response. Snoddy is now back, Anthony Pilkington is due back possibly the middle of January, maybe just before, and it is important we start getting them involved.”

City follow up their weekend trip to Wearside with games against Fulham, Manchester United and Crystal Palace over the holiday period but Hughton is not looking beyond a test at the Black Cats.

“I don‘t think you can with the amount of games that you have,” he said. “Any thoughts of who else we have to play after Sunderland can wait. You can’t plan for Fulham and Manchester United when you don’t know what could happen against Sunderland. You are never sure how form and injuries affect it. What you do know is it’s a lot of games in a short period and recovery will be key.”

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17 comments

  • BPBP. Yeah Snods isn't the only one but it seemed to stick out with him. No sure if they have goal bonuses they want a part of? Maybe assist bonuses should be higher. Who knows. Redmond has also been guilty of poor supply. Which is a shame coz he does so well getting onto the position to release a cross for waiting strikers but instead he cuts inside and tries a half a**ed shot. Though it worked against Soton.

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    AC Canary

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • No mention of lil benno or tettey?snods will make a difference thats for sure and take some pressure off redmond.

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    tonyb

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • I can just see CH dropping Hooper and putting in RVW, just the sort of thing he would do

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    harry100

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • More good news

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Look Poyets substitute got lucky and will not spoil our party. The game will be tight but if we score early theyve got no chance against us.

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    johnty

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • I suspect that Cardiff's idiotic owner will get them relegated. Sad for Malky and the players but plenty good enough for Tan imo.

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    waclor

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Look Poyets substitute got lucky and will not spoil our party. The game will be tight but if we score early theyve got no chance against us.

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    johnty

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • Sorry Budgie but I do not think it is that clear cut. Fulham, Palace and Sunderland have new managers, Palace and Sunderland have already improved and that performance in beating Chelsea shows that this week end game against Sunderland might not be that easy. WBA will also improve under a new manager, surely they are too good to be down the bottom? Logic says West Ham should improve with someone to put the ball in the net, no it could involve about a dozen or so teams before the season's end, definitely squeaky bum time!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Ok, I'm going with Teddy two hats on this one. Great to see our man back, and in serious contention for a place on the team bus, but, AC, you make an astute point, he does hog the thing, though am I also right in thinking that he is not the only one?. I notice that they were saying a similar thing about Liverpool last weekend, without Gerrard being there[no I'm not saying that Gerrard hogs the ball, though could argue that he does it psychologically] and Jordan Henderson and others playing blinders.Well, at least we don’t have Gerrard in the team One thing's for sure, we can't rest on our laurels. Please Mr Higton, attacking formation. Cue Dambusters' theme.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • A really important run of games coming up. Let's get those points on the board. I've heard a number of pundits giving their view on who they think will be relegated this season and Norwich City, on the whole, does not figure. Not sure whether to be happy or nervous!

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    Flying Canary

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Look Poyets substitute got lucky and will not spoil our party. The game will be tight but if we score early theyve got no chance against us.

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    johnty

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • Look Poyets substitute got lucky and will not spoil our party. The game will be tight but if we score early theyve got no chance against us.

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    johnty

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • Yes waclor the panto season has started early in South Wales and let's hope it carries on until May.

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    el dingo

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • @tonyb - I'm sure I saw something last week that Tettey isn't expected back until the beginning of Feb and Benno in the middle of Feb - maybe in time to score the winner against Spurs!!! Wouldn't it be great to see a repeat of that goal??????

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    Mr Ed

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • The more players we have fit the better. We'll do a lot better with a full squad. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Flying Canary be happy , its perm any 3 from 5 for relegation, Fulham West Brom West Ham , Palace and Sunderland.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • When Snods has been playing this seson he has come across as rather selfish. I think since he has been out, especially last 2 games, we have been playing more as a team. I hope he can come back as the player he was last season and not the glory hunter he has become

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    AC Canary

    Friday, December 20, 2013

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