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Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Friday, December 13, 2013
Fit-again Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is in contention for Swansea’s Premier League weekend visit to Carrow Road.
The Dutch international returned to full training on Friday after missing the club’s previous seven league and cup games with a muscular toe injury. Chris Hughton confirmed at Colney the 24-year-old is available but the City chief will assess whether the striker suffers any adverse reaction before including him in his plans for the Swans’ test.
“I need to make sure we make the right decision for the weekend and we certainly won’t take any risks,” he said. “He had a couple of training days with us earlier in the week when he didn’t do the full session. He trained fully today and we just need to assess where he is. Touch wood, the injury is fine and there is no problem on that front. We just need to assess now whether he has done enough to be included at the weekend but the good news is he has come through his training sessions no problem - of course he has the usual stiffness you would expect after being out for so long. What I have to factor in now is he has been out for a while because one side is the injury and recovery and the other is physical fitness and he has done some good work.”
Midfielder Robert Snodgrass is also making progress after his recent knee injury and could return as early as the upcoming festive trip to Sunderland.
“Robert is doing really well,” said Hughton. “At the moment he is not having any problems and we are certainly looking at the two Christmas games against Fulham and Manchester United and perhaps with an outside chance of Sunderland. With Anthony (Pilkington) we are looking at January. At the time we said about six weeks and that is probably going to be about right, Alex Tettey (ankle) will be mid-January.
“Mark Bunn (ankle) trained with Dave Watson today and will train tomorrow, not enough to be included at the weekend but we are hoping he will do a full week’s training next week and be available for the Sunderland game.”
Hughton also confirmed the club are interested in Bristol Rovers’ teenager striker Olly Mehew but insisted no deal had been struck after reports City had agreed a £50,000 deal.
“I think those reports are premature,” he said. “He is someone who is going to be training with us but any reports of having signed a deal are certainly premature.”