Chris Hughton revealed on Friday summer signing Gary Hooper is ‘touch and go’ to make his Premier League bow for Norwich City against Everton this weekend after suffering a shin injury in the pre-season finale with Panathinaikos.

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The Canaries’ chief confirmed at his pre-match Colney press call that Hooper had not yet been ruled out of the Toffees’ visit. The former Celtic striker was given the all-clear after hospital scans earlier this week following a heavy collision that forced him to be stretchered off against the Greeks. Hughton will delay a decision on whether to include Hooper in his match day squad, but the City boss has confirmed both Sebastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington miss out. Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer is suspended but the club’s international contingent have returned unscathed from midweek duty.

“We had two that played a full 90 minutes, but we were fortunate that some didn’t play as many,” said Hughton. “Gary Hooper is touch and go and we plan to give him right up until the last moment. Seb is back in training and took part in the midweek development game. He came through that fine but he will just miss out (this weekend), as will Anthony Pilkington who will start training again on Monday.

“It is always a difficult week with the international games. What you are able to do and the real preparation you want to do are affected by the ones who played so many minutes for their countries. That is something we have to cope with. It is no different to Everton who were in a similar position.”

Hughton accentuated the positives from having Robert Snodgrass, Steven Whittaker and Russell Martin involved in a prestige Wembley friendly for Scotland against England.

“Firstly I thought it was a highly entertaining game. I think a lot was spoken about before the game and the atmosphere was right up there so the players probably got caught up in that,” he said. “It was a memorable game for a number of reasons. Rickie Lambert to score his first goal, everybody in the game would have been delighted to see him play because he has done so well in the recent years. I was delighted to see three Norwich players feature in such a high profile friendly. That is great experience for them and hopefully one they can take on. For me the fact they came through without any knocks was also important.”

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  • Why is it open season on Dissaster just now? He is not the first contributor to comment on the apparent profligacy of some of the Club`s transfer dealings. We reportedly paid £2.8 mill to Millwall for Morison, then later swapped him for Becchio, giving Leeds a reported £200,000 as a makeweight. Leeds have now loaned him back to Millwall and, as yet, Becchio has hardly had a look-in at Carra Rud. Decent players like Jackson, C.Martin, Tierney, K. Smith, Adeyemi and Lappin all left for no fee. A promising young goalkeeper upped & went - to Villa. Compensation as yet undecided\undisclosed. The reported fee for Vaughan was a fraction of the reported fee we paid Everton for him. Again, he scarcely got a look-in at CR. There may be very good business reasons why this happened but how are we on the periphery to know? `Detracors`, dissenters and infidels should just shut the **** up? As for Elmander, his scoring ratio is indeed nothing special. I suppose we reportedly got a reasonable fee for Holty and he played quite a few games for us and scored freely until..... Millwall are the winners overall. £2,8mill in the overdraft fund and they still have Morison. Whether or not Morison delivers again remains to be seen. I wonder what`s happening with the Holt\Morison greyhound enterprise? Gone to the dogs? Apologies for multople use of `reported`. That should give Dissaster a rest.....;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • So you don't admit to being "the board are stealing our money" pub mandate then? SUSSED!

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • I look forward to seeing whether that`s confirmed, CanaryDan. More of a "revelation" than the possibility that the injured Hooper may or may not be injured.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • Brew, I'm sympathetic with many of your points, many players left without a fee, most weren't good enough for the PL so we were at least saving PL wages on Championship players. In Lappin's case for example I genuinely believe we owed him a free transfer given the way he had been treated. The point I do disagree with is the "promising young keeper" going to Vilea, are you saying we made no effort to keep him? I understood that we tried really hard, new contract offer but he wanted to go and play for Voldemort no matter what. It's the nature of football that players will fall by the wayside and yes we might get transfer fees but I'm not sure that clubs are prepared to pay them any more. I wonder (I genuinely don't know) how we compare with other clubs here? Personally I'd be happier thinking that McNally and Hoots were concentrating on spending £5 million on a good striker rather than worrying about getting peanuts for a mediocrity signed by the previous regime. To bring in 2 cliches, there are only 24 hours in a day and life's too short.

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • I think that, if it is indeed confirmed, he would represent far better value for money than Quagliarella. I remember that he looked pretty good back when he was playing for Bolton a couple of years ago. I still think we will sign another CB and a CF before the window shuts in order to fill shirt numbers 15 and 16. Would be strange for Fox to lose his shirt number if not!!

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    CanaryDan

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • Pubmandave!

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • This Swede, Elmander, forgive my non-excitement, look at his age (32) his CV is not exactly red-hot . . . . hell, why did we buy Becchio!!! Seems the undisclosed fee paid to Millwall, for Morison, has been 'laundered' & ultimately squandered, one way or another - money down the 'big white telephone'! This is where the MacHughton duo, has fired a dud. Thus far.

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    Dissaster

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • TK, I agree.

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • All fair points Ghana Dom. Becchio vs Morison? I`ve no idea since I`ve scarcely seen Becchio play. I do remember him coming on as a late substitute for Leeds at Carra Rud in the L1 season - and was sent off within 2 minutes, I think! He looked a bit agitated from the off - maybe he didn`t like being on the bench.... C.Martin scored a super late winner that day. The value of contracts relative to the elapsed time is interesting. We got Johnno "free" as he was out of contract but paid a decent fee for Howson even though he only had a year or less left, I think. Seem to remember that nice Mr. Bates calling the deal a "no brainer". The best bit of business in recent times has to be Holty! The Jewel in Gunny`s crown. Surman is another case in point; last Summer he was given an extended contract - 3 years, I think. Now, with 2 years left he`s on a season`s loan at Bournemouth, so that`ll `depreciate` to just one year. We`ve certainly brought in some excellent players, all said & done. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • I still hope to see Hooper named as one of the subs so that he can be brought on in the second half to score our winner! A big shame that Bassong will not be ready but it gives the other lads the chance to stake their claim. The left wing choice will also be interesting, Olsson or Redmond starting, either should be fine and I expect Wes to start behind the Wolf.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • Or is it the mucus woman?

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • I`d prefer a pub man date, actually, sweety. Love, Mucus Woman. x

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • Calm down Dis, it's not like they've just put in a bid for Jamie Cureton! Elmander is a proven premier league and international striker. Hard to come by, especially on (a reportedly) free transfer.

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    Disco Dale's step-over

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • Btw, ref. Steer, I did not intend to imply that the club didn`t try to keep him, they offered him a new contract, I believe. I am saying that he just wanted to go, for whatever his reasons. To paraphrase one of Steady On`s better analogies, we were not in a position to `hold him to ransom`. Jed (yes, that spelling), must have thought his career development would be better served at Villa than at Norwich - despite the presence at the Carra of the England goalkeeping coach.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • Btw, BeebTeamNews has Hooper `in contention` to play vs Everton. Snoddy`s clarion call to Culloden has been reported by BeebGossip, with a credit to the EDP!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • Well let us hope Becchio is given an opportunity to shine alongside RVW, with Howsen in the hole with his experience of playing with Becchio. And Redmond and Snodgrass getting the ball across... Johnson shoring things up at the back of midfield and a full strength back four of Martin Bassong Turner and Garrido. But realistically I anticipate 1 striker (RVW) and Tettey in midfield and Becchio on the bench...

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • Yellow Yach Tie (er?) First you insult me, then proclaim my mental condition, lastly, you tell me how I should think. Do me a favour? Look up the word 'egotism,'

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    Dissaster

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • If Redmond stays fit I think Pilks might find it hard to get his starting position back.

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    MBA Marine

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • Diss, why should we be concerned about the fee we paid to Millwall? Am I missing something obvious?

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • Johan Elmander has announced he has signed for NCFC on Twitter. Good experienced back up for our strikers if this is true.

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    CanaryDan

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • Dissaster... The name says it all... Your a glass half empty man..you should be more worried that lawro has us down for a win....

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    The Yellow Yachtie

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • Steadysma, his PL experience was with . . . . Bolton, going at one point, nine months without finding the back of the net. That said, if we have got him on a 'free', it mitigates my criticism. To you now Doc, we paid a fee to Millwall for Morison, he was switched for Becchio, and we don't play him. Follow the money trail, we've ended up with nout.

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    Dissaster

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • DissBrew, good points, but you need to bear in mind that Morrison originally signed a 2 and half year contract with us, and by the time he was sold to Leeds in the makeshift deal, he barely had a year left on his contract and Bechio has only just renewed on a 3 year contract with Leeds. So, although we bought Morro for 2.8m originally, at the time of the business, he wasnt actually worth anywhere near that. Think depreciation. That is why contracts work - length of time remaining and value in terms of wages. Otherwise, why will Rooney only be worth a 5th of what Bale allegedly is? We did get almost 2 years service (albeit questionnable) from Morro, afterall. So, a 3-year contract of Bechio is defo worth 200K more than a 1 year contract left of Morro, if not more. AS for why he is on the bench still, let's wait and see, but you may just have to say that NCFC has moved up a gear, and we have even better strikers now. Who would you have played now if you had both - Morro or Bechio? And dont say it depends on the game or team. OTBC!! IHWT!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • …..There's a Stewpydsodd on here who can't understand a word you 'hot under the collar' people, are digressing to. Maybe it's all correct and perhaps interesting, but without Steady's Mums daughter as our common target we seem to be going around in circles If you are throwing darts, it's nice to be able to see the Dart Board...... Off topic..City 2..Everton 0.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • Diss, so you're saying we squandered the money by buying Morison in the 1st place then? In the first season in the PL he didn't do too bad, first half he was matching Holtie. Football nowadays is a squad game and you need more than a first XI. I'm not sure what would make you happy here. Should we have held on to Morison? Should we not have bought him in the first place?

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • And Brew, we know you're not Diss, we've been aware for years of your alter ego jed :-)

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • Both, + TownMan & blue tractor. And counting. We don`t seem to get the Leeds trolls any more. I hope Dissaster is enjoying his breather - that`s a pint you owe me, Diss! ;-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • Let the mind games & misinformation begin? I'll be amazed - and some, if Redmond doesn't start. We have a gem in the making there. Can't see CH wanting him to mature on the bench, despite his age and inexperience at PL level.

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    Dissaster

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • This is not really a big surprise but we need as many fit as possible, no point in making things worse in the first game.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 16, 2013

  • Btw, GhanaD, why did you address your posting to `DissBrew`? I guess it was just the missing `forwardslash` - only `back\slashes` work on these boards. Just as long as you do not think that Dissaster and I are one & the same: we are not. He may have a different opinion. ;-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

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