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Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is back in the squad for this weekend’s Premier League trip to Sunderland.
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.”